Authorization for Export of E-waste
In order to deal in export of e-waste, you need to obtain authorization from the concerned authority (MoEF/SPCB). The Ministry of Environment and Forest is the nodal authority that deals with the issuance of authorization for the export of e-waste from India.
Introduction to E-waste
The end of life electronic products like computers, equipments used in Information and Communication Technology, audio and video products etc. are popularly referred to as e-waste or electronic waste. E-waste has been growing tremendously in India as the IT sector has enhanced the use of electronic equipments.
E-waste has various substances like heavy precious metals, plastics, etc., which can be toxic and harmful for the environment and human health, if not handled or managed properly. Primarily the e-waste is made up of metals, plastics, glass which when salvaged, give precious metals like copper, iron, tin, lead, zinc, silver, gold. Moreover, the printed circuit boards comprise of certain rare and precious metals like ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium etc.
E-waste Management in India
E-waste Management in India is covered under the Environment and Forests Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules 2008. E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2010 was also introduced to ensure safe and environment friendly handling, collection, segregation, dismantling, storing, recycling, transporting, re-cycling of e-waste and to reduce usage of hazardous substances during manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment.
Enforcement Agencies involved in E-waste Management
The following are the Enforcement Agencies involved in E-waste Management in India:
- Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India;
- Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB);
- State Pollution Control Boards (SPCB);
- Directorate General of Foreign Trade;
- Port Authorities and Customs Authorities under the Customs Act, 1962.
How to obtain authorization for export of e-waste?
The following process needs to be followed:
- Anyone intending to export e-waste, should apply to the Ministry of Environment and Forest;
- For obtaining permission for export of e-waste, the applicant needs to show physical presence in India of the business.
- Further, the person for the proposed export needs to obtain NOC from the Concern Board;
- A prior informed consent in writing from the importing country is also necessary to export waste from India. For instance- If a recycler/dismantler wishes to export the waste to Australia, then he should obtain a prior informed consent from Australia.
- The Ministry of Environment and Forest will forward a copy of the permission granted under sub-rule (2) to the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) concerned and the Pollution Control Board of the State where the port of export is situated and the Port and Customs authorities concerned for ensuring compliance of the conditions of export permission.
- The exporter should make sure that no consignment is shipped before a prior informed consent is received from the importing country.
- The exporter should also ensure that the shipment is accompanied with movement document in Form 6.
- The exporter of the wastes shall maintain the records of the e-waste.
Illegal export of e-waste
The export of e-wastes from India, shall be deemed illegal, if,
- It is without permission of Central Government in accordance with these rules;
- The permission has been taken through falsification, mis-representation or fraud;
- It doesn't conform to the shipping details specified in the movement documents;
- It results in deliberate disposal (dumping) of hazardous wastes in contravention of the Basel Convention and of general principles of international or domestic law.
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