Environment Ministry Notifies E-Waste Management Rules, 2016
The Environment, Forest and Climate Change ministry has announced the E-Waste Management Rules 2016. These new rules replaced the earlier E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules of 2011. The new Rules make for stricter norms and are a part of the government’s increased commitment towards environmental governance.
The new rules for e-waste includes CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Lamps as well as other lamps with mercury, and similar equipment. The Rules will for the first time, bring producers under the ambit of the Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR, together with the targets. As per the new Rules, producers have been made accountable for e-waste collection and for e-waste exchange as well.