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India Collected just 10 % of e-waste generated in 2018-19 :  CPCB report

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India-collected-just-3%-e-waste-generated-in-2018,-10%-in-2019-(1)According to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India generated 771, 215 tonnes of Electronic waste (e-waste) in 2018-19, of which only 10% were collected.

  •  In 2017-18, India generated 7, 08, 445 Tonnes of which only  3.5% was collected.
  • Further the amount of e-waste generated increased by 32% to 1, 014, 961 tonnes in 2019-20.

Collection Targets: 

Collection Target Actual Collection achieved
35, 422 Tonnes for  2017-18 25, 325 Tonnes
1, 54, 242 Tonnes for 2018-19 78, 281 Tonnes

Actions taken by CPCB:

In September, 2020, CPCB had issued show-cause notices to 186 producers  for not meeting collection targets for 2018-19.

  • CPCB had extended EPR authorisation of 1, 630 producers as on November 26, 2020.
  • 312 Dismantlers or recyclers were authorised with a capacity of processing 782, 080 tonnes of e-waste each year.
  • The report also states that the volume  of e-waste that a dismantler or recycler has increased over time, but the shed area of the unit remains the  same.

E-Waste Management Rules, 2016:

In India, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016.

  • The rule takes into account 21 types of electrical and electronic equipment such as Discarded computer monitors, mobile phones, chargers, motherboards, headphones, television sets and other appliances.
  • It holds the producers responsible for collection of end-of-life electronic products as part of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
  • It also mandates that Dismantlers must have a space of 300 Square metre for a capacity of  1 Ton of e-waste per day & the same for recyclers is 500 Square metre.

India & E-waste:

i.India has generated 3.2 Million Tonnes of E-Waste in 2019.

ii.According to CPCB, India has 312 registered E-waste recyclers. They have the capacity to handle 782, 080.62 tonnes of E-waste each year.

Recent Related News:

i.July 4, 2020, In accordance with “3rd edition of The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report-Quantities, flows, and the circular economy potential” report, the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019.

About Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB):
Chairman –  Shri Shiv Das Meena
Headquarters – New Delhi