Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics that are destined for refurbishment, reuse, resale, salvage recycling through material recovery, or disposal are also considered e-waste. The informal processing of e-waste in developing countries can lead to adverse human health effects and environmental pollution. In India, the Rules related to E-waste Management were introduced in 2011 and later revised in 2016 which is currently followed.
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The E-waste management rules 2016 instructs the Producers to engage in Extended Producer Responsibility. Thus PRO's like Rekart have stepped up to ensure ethical and safe disposal of E-waste.
Producers under E-waste 2016 Rules
Producer means any person who is involved in sales of E-waste irrespective of the selling technique used such as dealer, retailer, e-retailer, etc.
- Manufactures and offers to sell electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares under its own brand
- Offers to sell under its own brand, assembled electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares produced by other manufacturers or suppliers
- Offers to sell imported electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares
About E-Waste EPR
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is the responsibility of every producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). This is in order to channelize e-waste to an authorised dismantler / recycler to ensure proper handling and disposal of such waste.
Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise of implementation of take back system, setting up of collection centres or both of these. Along with having agreed arrangements with authorised dismantlers or recyclers either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO).
As per E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016. EPR authorisation is has been made mandatory to all and has to be obtained by all the producers including importers, e-retailers/on-line sellers/e-bay etc. of EEE
Role & Responsibilities of PRO
Producer Responsibility Organization is a professional organization authorized or financed either collectively or individually by Producers, PRO's take the responsibility for collection and channelization of e-waste generated from the ‘end-of-life’ of Producers products to ensure environmentally sound management of such E-waste.
A PRO can assist a producer or producers in achieving collection targets, setting up of collection centers/ points/ implementing take back, carrying awareness programmes etc.)
PRO shall have an agreement with producer(s) outlining the role and responsibility of PRO for managing EPR.
- Achieving collection targets by Establishment of collection mechanism such as door to door collection.(This may include setting up of collection godowns or operating through warehouses as per the guidelines issued by Central Pollution Control Board) Implementation of buy back/take back
- Logistics arrangements Ensuring traceability of the e-waste collected and channelized. Disposal of processed waste & end of life e-waste. Ensuring Environmentally sound dismantling and recycling.
- Conducting awareness programme among consumer's/ bulk consumers/ producers for collection and channelization of waste.
- Helping producers in filing of quarterly/annual returns as per the rules.
- Provide an extended producer's responsibility plan as legally required.
PRO Responsibility Plan View Detail
Do’s for E- Waste
- All electrical and electronic products are required to be handed over only to the Authorized Recycler for recycling.
- The e-waste product should be handed over only to authorized recyclers for disposal.
- Ensure that only Authorized Recyclers repair and handle your electronic products.
- Keep the e-waste in an isolated area, after it becomes non-functional/un-repairable so as to prevent its accidental breakage.
- You can also deposit your e-waste directly at the collection centers.
- Always call our E-waste Authorized Collection centers / points to dispose of products that have reached end-of life.
- Always drop your used electronic products batteries or any accessories when they reach the end of their life at your nearest Authorized E-waste collection centers point.
- Always disconnect the battery from the product and ensure any glass surface is protected against breakage.
Don'ts for E- Waste
- Do not dismantle your electronic products on your own.
- Do not give E-waste to informal (Kabadi) and unorganized sectors like Local Scrap Dealer Rag Pickers.
- The product should not be opened by the User himself/herself, but only by trained and authorized service personnel.
- Do not keep any replaced spare part(s) from the product in exposed area
- Do not dispose of your product in garbage bins along with municipal waste that ultimately reaches landfills.