India Legal News: Before dumping your desktop or any electronic waste, think twice, because you can be fined. The Hazardous Wastes Rules, 2008 has been notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to ensure right management and sensitive handling of hazardous wastes in India, said the Minister in charge Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan in Lok Sabha today. The new rules pertaining e-waste has come into effect from 1st May 2012.
‘Electronic waste’ can be anything from old computers to office electronic equipments, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, left out television sets and discarded refrigerators. The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility has been enshrined in these rules to make it a mandatory activity for the manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipments. Read Indian Laws on plastic The producers are responsible for collection of e-waste generated from the end of life of their products by setting up collection centres or take back systems either individually or collectively. One of two companies working on e-waste are www.ewaste.in and www.ewasteindia.com.
The Minster further stated that as per the rules, Collection centers are required to obtain authorization from the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) concerned within three months from the date of commencement of the rules. Similarly, Dismantlers and Recyclers are required to obtain authorization and registration from SPCB concerned. E-waste generated is required to be sent to authorized and registered recyclers for environmentally sound disposal. The SPCBs can take action as per the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) in case of any violation.