The rapid growth in the electronics sector with the boom in consumer electronic products and the advent of Robotics, Automation and Internet of things, we humans have more products than we need. The latest electronic gadget we bought just a couple of months ago is now obsolete!
This has resulted in the exponential growth of Electronic Waste across the world. India alone generated 18.5 lakh tonnes of waste in a year which is set to rise to 50 lakh tonnes by 2020. These electronic products contain thousands of chemicals, some of which are precious metals like Gold, Copper but most of which are highly toxic like Lead, Mercury and Cadmium etc. These end up polluting our land, water and air if not handled in a responsible manner. The informal sector handles over 95% of all the E-Waste in India currently using crude technology of metal extraction, employing children and women to work under hazardous conditions.
The new E-Waste (Management) Rules, in-effect from 1st October 2016, are a step in the right direction by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The guidelines have set requirements from various stakeholders including the Producers, Bulk Consumers/ Consumers, Collection centres, Dismantlers, Refurbishers, Recyclers, Central and State Pollution Control Boards.
Responsibilities of Producer
Failure to seek EPR Authorization
Selling or placing of EEE in the market by any producer without EPR Authorisation shall be considered as violation of the Rules and causing damage to the environment, which shall attract provisions under E (P) Act, 1986
Responsibility of the Bulk Consumers:
Bulk Consumers are defined as bulk users of electrical and electronic equipment such as Central Government or State Government Departments, public sector undertakings, banks, educational institutions, multinational organisations, international agencies, partnership and public or private companies that are registered under the Factories Act, 1948 (63 of 1948) and the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) and health care facilities which have turnover of more than one Crore or have more than twenty employees;
Saahas Zero Waste aims to be the first Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in India with pan India presence of collection centers. Saahas Zero Waste offers end to end service to the Producers for complete compliance to the policy.
SZW PRO would engage with all the stakeholders from producers to distributors, retailers, small and medium sized organization, households, schools as well the informal sector to ensure that EOL electronics are collected, segregated to be sent to authorized recyclers. We use technology driven operations and an integrated Management Information System to provide real time data and tracking the flow of all materials in the system.
Awareness and outreach to audiences on various platforms would be an important part of the process. The upgradation of the informal sector will be integral to the successful implementation of the policy. Saahas Zero Waste has been working closely with the informal sector and has assisted a few of them to move to the formal sector.
Bulk Consumers are defined as “ bulk users of electrical and electronic equipment such as Central Government or State Government Departments, public sector undertakings, banks, educational institutions, multinational organisations, international agencies, partnership and public or private companies that are registered under the Factories Act, 1948 (63 of 1948) and the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) and health care facilities which have turnover of more than one Crore or have more than twenty employees;“
Responsibilities of the Bulk Consumers:
File annual returns in Form-3, to the concerned State Pollution Control Board on or before the 30th day of June following the financial year to which that return relates.
Services for Bulk Consumers:One stop solution for bulk consumers for complete compliance
To facilitate responsible recycling for individual consumers of electrical and electronic equipment after their end-of-life, we have set up collection points where individuals can drop off their E-Waste. We assure you that all E-Waste collected will be sent to an authorized recycler.
E-Waste drop points
Saahas Zero Waste is an authorized collection centre certified by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. We have also been instrumental in upgrading the informal sector and have always strived to channelizing them in-line with the formal methods of the E-Waste ecosystem.
Queries for E-Waste
For any further queries on E-Waste, kindly drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.