The Environment Ministry has decided to launch a scheme for recycling electronic waste. Recycling facilities will be set up on a public-private-partnership mode across the country.
“The Central and the state governments will pay 25 per cent each and the rest of the cost would be borne by the private player,” Environment and Forest minister Jairam Ramesh told HT. Under the scheme, re-cycling hubs will be developed in major cities to re-use waste electronic parts. The scheme is also aimed at bringing the informal sector, scattered in residential colonies, under the ambit of some regulation.
The announcement comes a day after the ministry notified draft rules for regulating electronic waste, fixing responsibility upon each player — pollution control boards, manufacturers, retail dealers, consumers and recyclers.
The pollution boards will have to certify agencies authorised collection centres, which will receive electronic waste from dealers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Manufacturers, who can also set up collection centres, would have to provide an unique identification number on equipment to track the product and must have a provision for collecting the “end of life” products. Each electronic appliance retailer will have to provide a demarcated area to collect e-waste and cannot refuse to take back a used appliance it had sold.
The consumers will have to deposit e-waste either with the dealer or at authorised collection centres or pay a fine up to Rs 500, the draft rules say.
Only those registered with the Central Pollution Control Board will be allowed to do business and will be liable for penalty in case of any damage to environment or health of workers.