e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. India is the fifth biggest generator of e-waste in the world (UN, 2014) with an estimated generation of 1.7 million tons in the year 2014. The generation rate is rising exponentially due to increasing ‘market penetration’ and ‘high obsolescence rate’. The composition of e-waste is very diverse and differs in products across different categories. It contains more than a 1000 different substances, which fall under “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” categories. The current e-waste market in India is majorly governed by unorganized sector where e-waste is managed and disposed in a manner which is harmful to environment and the human health.
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) notified e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, which came into force w.e.f. 1.5.2012. The major objective is to ensure environmentally sound management of e-waste, due to its exponential growth. These rules apply to every producer, consumer or bulk consumer involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electrical and electronic equipment or components as specified in Schedule-I of the rules, collection center, dismantler and recycler of e-waste.
Gujarat Environment Management Institute has undertaken a project on State-wide inventorization of e-waste from the Forests & Environment Department with an object for aiding implementation of the Rules and promote safe and environment-friendly disposal of e-waste.
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