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What are the new E-waste Management rules for 2022?

The government of India has released E-Waste (Management) Rules 2022, a guide for Manufacturers, Brand Owners, Importers, Bulk Consumers and Recyclers to manage E-waste generated in India.
E-waste is the term used to describe waste generated from electrical and electronic devices. It includes all types of electrical and electronic products, such as televisions, computers, mobile phones, microwaves, kitchen appliances, solar panel, laptops etc. The government has identified e-waste as one of the most serious environmental issues in India and has launched several initiatives to deal with it.
The new E-waste (Management) Rules aimed at encouraging manufacturers and brands to manage their end-of-life products responsibly by associating with authorised e-waste recyclers like “Attero”, for collection, end-to-end recycling and disposal of e-waste.
In this article, we will discuss the key highlights of E-waste Rules 2022, regarding E-waste management in India.
Key Highlights of the E-waste Management rules 2022 by Attero with special focus on EPR
  1. New E-waste Management Rules will come into force from 1 st April 2023.
  2. This rule applies to all electrical devices, including radiotherapy equipment, nuclear medicine equipment and accessories, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, electric toys, air conditioners, microwaves, tablets, washing machines, refrigerators, small household and kitchen appliances.
  3. To protect workers and consumers from exposure to harmful substances, the government has implemented restrictions on the use of hazardous materials in the manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This mandate requires a reduction in the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and other such materials in electronic equipment.
  4. To reduce the amount of e-waste, manufacturers need to use recyclable materials and design compatible components that can be reused or recycled.
  5. The Central Pollution Control Board will be conducting random sampling of electrical and electronic equipment to ensure that manufacturers are complying with the reduction of hazardous substances provisions. If any product does not comply with these e-waste management rules, the manufacturer will have to immediately withdraw all samples from the market.
  6. The newly drafted rules for e-waste recycling incentivizes registered recyclers by Extended Producer Responsibility certificates. This was not part of the 2016 Rules.
  7. The new E-waste management rules impose the obligation on bulk consumers of electronic products for safe recycling.
  8. New electrical and electronic equipment can only be imported or placed in the market if it meets the standards set by the government under the Rules.
  9. The manufacturer is responsible for collecting any e-waste generated during the manufacturing process and ensuring that it is properly recycled or disposed of. These rules do not apply to waste batteries, packaging plastics, micro-enterprises and radio- active waste, which are covered under different provisions of the law.
The new rules will help manufacturers and producers dispose of old or broken electronics properly and safely. One of India’s largest CPCB-authorised recycling companies, Attero Recycling India, offers a one-stop solution for E-Waste Management and EPR Compliance as per the New E-waste Management Rules 2022.
Benefits of choosing Attero Recycling
  • Pan India collection network.
  • Largest recycling facility with no downstream process.
  • Complete Transparency and Accountability.
  • Timely compliance and Best in Class Service.
  • Consumer awareness program.
  • Consumer doorstep collections.
The new E-waste (Management) rules 2022 are now notified by the Indian government. These regulations aim to ensure that manufacturers, Producers and importers can manage their E-waste properly and safely while also protecting human health and the environment from harmful elements found in electronic equipment.