Hyderabad: According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reports, ten significant companies have been reported for violating e-waste management rules, ever since the E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011, came into force. The ten notable companies are namely:

  1. Apple India Private Limited
  2.  HP India Sales Private Limited
  3. Motorola Mobility India Pvt Ltd.
  4. Canon India Pvt Ltd.
  5. Eltech Appliances Pvt Ltd.
  6. ETA General Pvt Ltd.
  7. Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd.
  8. Vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd.
  9. BE Office Automation Products Pvt Ltd.
  10. Tara Consultants Pvt Ltd.

The Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) authorisation, given to these companies, was suspended and the Central Pollution Control Board revoked the suspension after they submitted reports of them following the rules.

The definition of EPR, according to E-waste Rules 2011, is that it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to handle electronic components produced by them, once the consumer discards it. For the producer to get authorisation, they have to inform Central PCB and State PCB on how it will collect its discarded electronic products. If the producer doesn’t do that, then the Central Pollution Control Board will suspend their authorisation.

Excluding this, the report also states that according to the United Nations publication — The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017 — India has generated two million tonnes of e-waste in 2016.

India has both government authorised and non-authorised e-waste dismantlers and recyclers. CPCB only has data of the authorised ones. According to the data, there are 312 dismantlers and recyclers, and the cumulative annual processing capacity is 782,080 million tonnes.

Maharashtra has the maximum number of authorised dismantlers/recyclers, which is 75, followed by Karnataka, which has 71. Maharashtra and Karnataka’s capacity to recycle e-waste is 78,179 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and 52,722 MTPA, respectively. Uttar Pradesh has fewer numbers of dismantlers/recyclers at 41, and their capacity is 243,627 MTPA, says the report.

 

State Number of Authorized dismantler/recycler State Wise Capacity (MTPA)
Andhra Pradesh 01 480
Chhattisgarh 01 600
Gujarat 16 49053
Goa 01 103
Haryana 28 87378
Himachal Pradesh 01 1000
Jammu & Kashmir 01 165
Karnataka 71 52722
Maharashtra 75 78179
Madhya Pradesh 02 9600
Orissa 03 3680
          Punjab                 03 4850
Rajasthan 26 90769
Tamil Nadu 24 97271
Telangana 11 41493
Uttar Pradesh 41 243627
Uttarakhand 04 19250
West Bengal 03 1860

 

What is E-Waste?

E-Waste or Electronic Waste is discarded or old electronic items like TV computers or even disc batteries. They if not discarded without care, can be highly toxic as they contain certain harmful. The harmful materials include lead, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame retardants or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). 

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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