E-Waste Management Rules, 2016

E-Waste Management Rules is an important topic in ecology and environment for IAS exam. It also forms part of polity and governance. In this article, you can read about the E-Waste Management Rules as notified by the government in 2016 for UPSC preparation.

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. Additional stakeholders included are: manufacturers, dealers, refurbishers and Producer Responsibility Organizations. Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and other mercury-containing lamps have brought under the purview of the rules.

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