India’s new e-waste rules to take effect next month

The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, will enter into force on 1 April 2023. The aim is to reduce the use of hazardous substances and avoid false claims, set specific recycling targets, and introduce a new EPR regime.

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India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has introduced new e-waste regulations that will take effect on 1 April 2023. The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, feature an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regime for e-waste recycling, which applies to manufacturers, producers, refurbishers, dismantlers, and recyclers.

Under the new regulation, stakeholders are required to register with the online portal created by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with unregistered entities prohibited from operating. Additionally, e-waste recycling targets have been established for notified producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), beginning with a goal of recycling 60% of previously sold EEE for the 2023-2024 year, as well as limits on the concentration of hazardous substances used to manufacture EEE.

The legislation also aims to eliminate false claims by proposing that the amount recycled be calculated based on the end products. To implement the new regulation, a Steering Committee will be established.