UNPACKING THE NEW SET OF E-WASTE RULES:
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR):
Rules for the Handling of E-Waste (2022):
It was narrow-minded to disregard the unorganised sector:
The informal sector’s role is:
The informal sector, which is essential to treating e-waste, is not acknowledged in the new legislation due to its “illegality.” Since 95% of India’s e-waste is received by the informal sector, it serves as the “face” of the country’s e-waste disposal. Because of them, the management of e-waste could advance significantly.
∙The phase when the material is sent to the informal dismantlers/recyclers presents the most challenges in the hierarchical process of e waste collection, segregation, and recycling in the informal sector. In order to improve e-waste collection, the following procedures—collecting mixed garbage, sorting e–waste, and categorising e-waste according to type—should be used carefully.
∙Unauthorized aggregators were employed in the data collection process by “Karo Sambhav,” a Delhi based PRO. Through this project, the unorganised sector is given financial and legal security, and e–waste is introduced into a secure and well-organized system.