India has surely emerged as the second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers, but also the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste each year with telecom equipment alone accounting for 12 per cent of the e-waste, according to an ASSOCHAM-KPMG joint study
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The study has highlighted the concern of rising levels of e-waste generation in India in recent years.
India being world’s second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers, nearly 25% of it end up in e-waste annually.
The unorganised sector in India is estimated to handle around 95% of the e-waste produced in the country.
The study has suggested that e-waste collection targets implemented in a phased manner under the current policy should set lower and practically achievable target limits.
Also, detailed implementation procedures for collection of e-waste from the market need should be prescribed and followed.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified e-waste management rules, 2016.
These rules for the first time have time covered under extended producers’ responsibility (EPR) of electronics producers.
It has prescribed a waste collection target of 305 e-waste generated under EPR for the first two years (till 2016) and it will progressively go up to 70% in the seventh year of the rule.
These rules also have prescribed stringent financial penalties for non-compliance.
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