E-waste authorization policy ensures that the responsibility of the producers of a country such as the industrial entities, importers and manufacturers don’t simply end at selling the products. They are bound by the E waste Authorization regulations taking up the responsibility in assisting the proper collection, recycling and disposal of the e-wastes materials generated by them through proper mechanisms.
At Virogreen, we offer complete solutions to our enterprise level clients starting from the planning, implementation, and target achievement of EPR to filling of the return of compliance with the regulatory authority. The multi-functional devices and other electronic items are made of hazardous constituents with regard to the legislation passed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 on 23 March 2016.
There has been further amendment to the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 in March, 2018 for efficient implementation of the environmentally sound management of e-waste in India. The new E-Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2018 has introduced the provision for Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) registration.
- It seeks shared responsibility and cooperation from customers in reducing the environmental impact of their products.
- It also ensures compliance of all the applicable laws related to e-waste management.
Importers under E-Waste Rules
The term “Importer” has not been defined under the E-Waste Rules, however, the term “producer” is defined that means a person who offers to sell imported electrical and electronic equipment, their components, consumables or parts or spares.
Liability of Importers
Importers or producers of e-waste shall be liable for the damages caused to the environment or 3rd party due to the poor handling and management of the e-waste and shall have to pay financial penalties for any violation of the provisions of the E-Waste Rules, 2016.
E waste Authorization in India
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has put-forwarded E waste authorization with new e-waste rules, moving away from the State Pollution Boards. This new direction came into effect because of the poor performance in submission of annual returns by State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs). The poor performance in filing of annual returns was the main cause of derailment of the entire process of collecting information and monitoring implementation of the e-waste rules in an effective manner.
Extended Producer Responsibility means the responsibility of producers, importers and manufacturers of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelization of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of e waste items. The E-Waste Rules, 2016 state that the import of electrical and electronic equipment is allowed only to those producers who have EPR authorization, the permission is given by CPCB.
While submitting an application for EPR Authorization to the CPCB, the producers, manufacturers and importers of the products have to submit a plan known as Extended Producer Responsibility Plan providing details of e-waste channelization system and targeted collection including detail of Producer Responsibility Organization.