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Ministry of Environment and Forests has enacted the e-waste (management and handling) Rules which have come in to effect from 1st May 2012.
E- Waste is defined as waste electrical and electronic equipment (which has lived it’s life), whole or in part or rejects from their manufacturing and repair process, which are intended to be discarded.
Electrical and Electronic products covered have been defined in the schedule I of the rule. These include computers, cell phones, printers, cordless phones, copying equipment, etc. Consumer electrical and electronic equipment covered include air conditioners (excluding central air conditioning plants), washing machines, television sets (LED, LCD), and refrigerators.
The objective of enacting the rule is to systematically recycle and dispose of e-waste generated by following environmentally sound recycling practices. The rule also places responsibility on the producer for e-waste generated from the “end of life” of their products in line with the principle of “extended producer responsibility” and to ensure that such e-waste is channelized to registered dismantler or recycler.
Failure to dispose of e-waste through authorised recyclers may lead to negative impact on environment like :
Actions expected from customers
For further details, visit Ministry of Environment and Forests web site at:
Or Central Pollution Control Board web site at :
|Any appliances bearing the following symbol shall not be disposed of as house-hold waste. It shall necessarily be handed over to an authorised recycler.|