E-waste is one of the world's fastest-growing trash streams. India currently produces nearly 50 million tonnes of it per year, and the number is going to rise as electronic products become more widely available. E-waste, or electronic garbage, refers to obsolete, unwanted, or defective electrical and electronic equipment. That includes everything from smartphones to refrigerators that have reached the end of their useful lives.
"Refuse what you do not need;
Reduce what you do need;
Reuse what you consume;
Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse;
And compost the rest"
E-waste contains a laundry list of compounds that are
hazardous to humans and the environment, including mercury, lead, beryllium, brominated
flame retardants, and cadmium, to name a few. These chemicals get up in our land, water,
and air when electronics are mismanaged during disposal. Because electronic devices
contain the most lethal chemicals and metal, e-waste is far more toxic than much other
municipal garbage. Long-term exposure to these chemicals harms the brain, kidney, bone
systems, and the reproductive and endocrine systems.
E-Waste greatest Threat to our Planet!!
E-Waste management has become a major challenge as it
directly affects human health and the environment, and this is happening due to the lack
of awareness. The growing problem of E-waste calls for greater emphasis on recycling
E-waste and better E-management.
Proper control over the material used in the manufacturing
process is important to reduce waste generation (Freeman1989). The quantity of waste
generated can be reduced by reducing the number of hazardous materials used in the
process and the amount of excess raw materials in stock. This can be done in two ways,
i.e., establishing material-purchase review and control procedures and inventory
Developing review procedures for all material purchased is
the first step in establishing an inventory management program. Procedures should
require that all materials be approved prior to purchase. All production materials are
evaluated in the approval process to examine if they contain hazardous constituents and
whether alternative non-hazardous materials are available.
Another inventory management procedure for waste reduction
is to ensure that only the needed quantity of material is ordered. This will require the
establishment of a strict inventory tracking system. Purchase procedures must be
implemented, ensuring that materials are ordered only on an as-needed basis and that
only the amount needed for a specific period of time is ordered. Manufacturers should be
responsible for managing the end-of-life of their products to get motivated to make the
environmentally beneficial design.
TODAY'S ELECTRONIC ------- GADGET
TOMMORROW'S ELECTRONIC -------- WASTE
Guideline for EPR Authorization
A TOOL FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
The government passed the first law in 2011, based on
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which makes the manufacturer liable for managing the
final stage of the life of its product in an eco-friendly way and ensures environmentally
sound management. An Extended Producer's Responsibility (EPR) certificate or license is
mandatory for every producer/importer producing electric or electrical equipment. It
encourages manufacturers to produce environment-friendly products. EPR Authorization
is issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under MoEFCC, Government of
India. As per the guidelines, manufacturers, and importers needs to tie-up with the
authorized recycler to dispose of the E-Waste and submit all the plans related to the
estimated dump quantity and method adopted for disposal in CPCB to get the EPR
Certificate. In short, the product's manufacturer is responsible for the product's
ultimate recycling, reuse, or disposal.
EPR Mandatory Product List
2 major product categories require EPR Authorization as
Information Technology and Telecommunication equipment
Consumer Electrical and Electronics
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
Centralized Data Processing: Mainframes, Mini-Computers, Personal Computers, Laptop,
Notebook Computers and accessories, Notepad
Printers including components
Electrical and Electronic Typewriters
User Terminals and Systems
Consumer Electrical and Electronics
LCD and LED Television Sets
Air-Conditioners excluding Centralized Air Conditioning Plants
Fluorescent and other Mercury-containing lamps
PROCEDURE FOR EPR AUTHORIZATION
Steps for making an application for EPR authorization
Documentation: Applicant needs to prepare all required document with EPR Plan
for EPR authorization before submission of the application.
Filling Application in prescribed format: Applicant needs to fill detailed
information in prescribed application form with EPR plan.
Offline submission of application: Applicant need to submit offline
application with detailed information of producer and EPR plan to concerned
department for ETA.
Scrutiny of application: CPCB official will scrutinize the application and
EPR plan is evaluated by CPCB for approval. If the documents presented are
incomplete then CPCB official may respond with checklist within 25 days for
Grant of EPR approval: Chairman of CPCB shall approve the EPR plan as
scrutinized by concerned officials. After approval of EPR plan, the divisional head
issues the EPR authorization.
Document Requirements for EPR Certificate
The following documents are required to be submitted along
Documents related to EPR plan.
Details of proposed awareness programmes and allied initiatives.
Estimated budget earmarked for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Copies of agreement document with dealers, collection centers, dismantlers,
recyclers, treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs) etc.
Self-declaration for compliance of RoHS in prescribed format.
The technical documents (supplier declaration- description of product, document for
materials, parts, and/or sub-assemblies and analytical test result)
Copy of the permissions/licenses from the relevant ministry/department for marketing
various products or for doing the business as given below:
Copy IEC in case of importers
Copy of authorization issued by the SPCBs/PCCs
CPCB shall provide EPR authorization within 120 days of
receiving a complete application, as per E-Waste regulations. In case of incomplete
application, the CPCB may verify the application and respond with a check list within 25
Note: Agreement will be signed for 1 year, and the
Certificate granted will be valid for 5 years.
frequently asked questions (FAQ)
E-waste refers to electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life", for example, computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce your generation of e-waste through smart procurement and good maintenance. Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to someone. Recycle those components that cannot be repaired. Most electronic devices contain a variety of materials, including metals that can be recycled.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach in which a producer's physical and /or financial responsibility for a product extended to the post-consumer stage of a product's life cycle. It is important because it motivates the producers to manufacture environmentally friendly products and reduce pollution.
Yes, EPR is mandatory for some products in India. For more details, you can contact us.
The present policy ensures that every electrical and electronic equipment producer and their spare parts do not contain pollutants such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers beyond a maximum concentration value. Every producer shall provide detailed information on the constituents of the equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares, along with a declaration of conformance to the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) provisions in the product user documentation.
EPR policies helped a lot in increasing the recycling activities and shown a positive effect on decreasing pollution. It has started showing positive effects throughout the country.
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Repair - Replace your throwaway habits with repairing ones and the safest way to go about them. Reuse - If your items are old but in good condition, you can turn them into money or donate them to someone who needs that product. Recycle - Plenty of non - profit organizations, local communities, and official organizations offer services to help you recycle old electronics.