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Important Notification for Producers of E-Waste :
E-Waste Management Rules 2022

In a significant move towards sustainable waste management, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has officially implemented the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022. This transformative regulation, dated November 02, 2022, replaces its predecessor, the E-Waste (M) Rules 2016, and comes into effect from April 01, 2023.

Aim and Focus of E-Waste (M) Rules 2022

The primary objective of the E-Waste (M) Rules, 2022, is to meticulously manage Electronic Waste (E-Waste) in a scientific and Environmentally Sound Manner (ESM). By superseding the earlier rules, this latest framework reinforces the commitment to sustainable practices in handling electronic waste, aligning with global environmental standards.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Obligations

Under Rule 13 (3) (i) of the E-Waste (M) Rules 2022, Producers are mandated to fulfill their assigned Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations. Purchasing an equivalent number of EPR Certificates from registered recyclers is a crucial requirement. By putting this mechanism in place, manufacturers are guaranteed to actively participate in the appropriate disposal and recycling of the electronic waste that their products generate.

Compliance Deadlines and Reporting

Producers are directed to meet their EPR obligations for the financial year 2023-24 by March 31, 2024. Additionally, adherence to reporting timelines is crucial, with Producers required to submit Quarterly and Annual reports on the portal as outlined by the Rules.

Industry stakeholders are urged to stay informed and compliant with these updated timelines. For a detailed understanding of the guidelines and information, please refer to the official notifications issued by TEC.

To facilitate compliance, the E-Waste EPR Portal has been established, offering a platform for Producers to submit Purchase Demand for fulfilling their EPR obligations. This portal streamlines the process, ensuring transparency and efficiency in the management of electronic waste responsibilities.

The directive is clear that any representation from Producers seeking a reduction in their EPR obligation or an extension of the timeline will not be considered if unutilized EPR Certificates are available on the E-Waste EPR Portal. This reinforces the importance of proactive engagement and timely adherence to responsibilities.

Enforcement Measures for Non-Compliance

To maintain the integrity of the regulatory framework, the MoEF&CC emphasizes that necessary actions, as per the rules, will be initiated against entities failing to comply with the E-Waste (M) Rules, 2022. This underscores the seriousness with which environmental responsibility is regarded and the commitment to enforce compliance.

As we embrace these new rules, it is a collective responsibility to ensure that our electronic waste management practices align with the principles of sustainability and environmental preservation. The E-Waste (M) Rules, 2022, stand as a beacon for responsible and eco-friendly electronic waste disposal, emphasizing the crucial role each stakeholder plays in building a greener and cleaner future.