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 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