E- Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018

Mar 23, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change vide notification dated March 23, 2018 has notified E- Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018 amending the E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016. Vide this amendment-

·       In rule 5, in sub-rule (1) new clause (h) shall be inserted which reads as- The provisions of rule 5 shall apply to producers who have placed any goods in the market in the current financial year and the targets for the extended producer responsibility plan shall be as per clause (ii) of sub-rule (1) of rule 13 and Schedule III.

·       In rule 13, in sub-rule (1); -

                                                 i.              New clause (xii) shall be inserted which reads as- In case the producer has started sale recently i.e. number of years of sales operations is less than average life of their product, the Extended Producer Responsibility target shall be applicable as per Schedule- III (A) and these targets applicable from financial year 2018-2019 and once the product achieves its average life as fixed by the Central Pollution Control Board, the collection target shall be revised as per Schedule III.

                                               ii.              New clause (xiii) shall be inserted which reads as- The e-waste already collected by producers as per Schedule III(A) in earlier years will be accounted for and the eligible set offs shall be provided for the corresponding years at the time of fixation of targets as per Schedule-III.

                                             iii.              New clause (xiv) shall be inserted which reads as- The revised Extended Producer Responsibility targets shall be applicable from the 1st October 2017 as per Schedule III.

                                              iv.              New clause (xv) shall be inserted which reads as-  The quantity of e-waste collected by producers under Extended Producer Responsibility from the 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017 shall be accounted for in the revised Extended Producer Responsibility targets as per Schedule III until March 2018 only.

                                                v.              New clause (xvi) shall be inserted which reads as- In case of transfer or sale of assets by the producers the liability under Extended Producer Responsibility shall also be transferred to the buyer.

                                              vi.              New clause (xvii) shall be inserted which reads as- A Producer Responsibility Organisation shall apply to the Central Pollution Control Board for registration to undertake the activities prescribed for Producer Responsibility Organisation under these Rules.

·       In rule 16,

                                                     i.             sub-rules (9) shall be substituted which reads as- The Central Pollution Control Board may conduct random sampling of electrical and electronic equipment placed in the market to monitor and verify the compliance of Reduction of Hazardous Substances provisions and the cost for sampling and testing shall be borne by the Government for conducting the Reduction of Hazardous Substances test and the procedure of random sampling and permissible error value of Reduction of Hazardous Substances test shall be as per the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board.

                                                   ii.             sub-rules (10) shall be substituted which reads as- If the product does not comply with the Reduction of Hazardous Substances provisions, then the cost of the Reduction of Hazardous Substances test will be borne by the Producer and in addition, the Producer shall take corrective measures to bring the product into compliance and withdraw or recall the product from the market within a reasonable period as per the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board.

·       In rule 21, sub-rule (2) shall be substituted which reads as- The manufacturer, producer, importer, transporter, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler shall be liable to pay financial penalties as levied under the Provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and rules made thereunder for any violation of the provisions under these rules by the State Pollution Control Boards with the prior approval of the Central Pollution Control Board in accordance with the guidelines published by the Central Pollution Control Board.

·       In rule 22, sub-rule (1) shall be substituted which reads as-

(a.)         Any person aggrieved by an order of suspension or cancellation or refusal of authorisation or its renewal passed by the Central Pollution Control Board may, within a period of 30 days from the date on which the order is communicated to him, prefer an appeal in Form 7 to the Appellate Authority i.e. the Secretary or nominee of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi against the order of the Central Pollution Control Board.

(b.)         Any person aggrieved by an order of suspension or cancellation or refusal of authorisation or its renewal passed by the State Pollution Control Boards or Committees may, within a period of 30 days from the date on which the order is communicated to him, prefer an appeal in Form 7 to the Appellate Authority i.e. the Secretary (Environment) of the State Government /Union Territory administration against the order of State Pollution Control Boards or Committees.”;

·       Rule 23 shall be substituted which reads as- The collection, storage, transportation, segregation, refurbishment, dismantling, recycling and disposal of e-waste shall be in accordance with the guidelines published by the Central Pollution Control Board.

·       Schedule III which relates to targets for extended producer responsibility – authorisation is substituted.

[G.S.R. 261(E)]

URL: http://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2018/184020.pdf


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