Applicability of the Rules:
These rules shall apply to every manufacturer, producer, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler involved in the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, refurbishing, dismantling, recycling and processing of e-waste or electrical and electronic equipment including their components, consumables, parts and spares which make the product operational.
However, this rule shall not be applicable to:
Responsibility of Manufacturers:
Responsibility of Consumers:
Bulk consumers, including e-retailer of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I, shall ensure that e-waste generated by them shall be handed over only to the registered producer, refurbisher, or recycler.
Responsibility of Producers of electrical and electronic equipment:
Responsibility of Refurbishers:
Responsibility of Recyclers:
Every manufacturer, producer, refurbisher and recycler must file annual and quarterly returns in the laid down form on the portal on or before the end of the month succeeding the quarter or year, as the case may be, to which the return relates.
Storage and Transfer of E-wastes:
Every manufacturer, producer, refurbisher and recycler may store the e-waste for a period not exceeding 180 days and shall maintain a record of sale, transfer and storage of e-wastes and make these records available for inspection and the storage of the e-waste shall be done as per the applicable rules or guidelines for the time being in force.
However, the Central Pollution Control Board may extend the said period up to 365 days in case the e-waste needs to be specifically stored for the development of a process for its recycling or reuse.
The Ministry of Environment, forest and climate change, has published the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022 which shall come into force from April 01, 2023. This is applicable to all electrical devices and radiotherapy equipment, nuclear medicine equipment and accessories, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), electric toys, air conditioners, microwaves, tablets, washing machine, refrigerator and iPad among others.
As per E-Waste (Management) Rules – 2016, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was mandatory for producers of specified products and e-retailers were also required to comply with EPR. But now e-retailers have become a part of bulk consumers and correspondingly EPR is not to be undertaken by them.