Authorization for Import of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste can be harmful for both humans and environment if it is not handled or disposed of properly. Therefore there is a need for well-organized hazardous waste management. Hazardous waste are non-biodegradable, persistent in the environment and can be dangerous. A proper hazardous waste management includes collection, recycling, treatment, disposal and transportation of wastes. For such process, proper authorization is required from the authority. Moreover, if any individual wishes to import hazardous waste, then he needs to take authorization from the concerned authority.
Meaning of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste can be in the form of solids, liquids or contained gases. Primarily these are generated by chemical production, manufacturing and other activities. Hazardous waste can be classified based on their different properties like biological, chemical and physical. These properties generate materials that can be toxic, reactive, ignitable, infectious, corrosive or radioactive.
Hazardous Waste Management Rules
Hazardous Waste Management Rules have been notified to ensure secure handling , generation, processing, treatment, import, package, storage, transportation, reprocessing, collection, conversion, and offering for sale, destruction and disposal of Hazardous Waste. The Rules lay down corresponding duties of different authorities likeMoEF, CPCB, State/UT Govts., SPCBs/PCCs, DGFT, Port Authority and Custom Authority while State Pollution Control Boards/ Pollution Control Committees have been entrusted with broader responsibilities touching across almost every aspect of Hazardous wastes generation, handling and their disposal.
Import of Hazardous Waste
Any individual who wishes to import hazardous waste, needs to take authorization from the appropriate authority (MoEF/SPCB). The list of hazardous waste that can be imported with prior informed consent and without such consent is explained below.
Import of Hazardous Waste with Prior Informed Consent
Procedure for Import of Hazardous Waste
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is the nodal ministry that deals with the movement of all hazardous materials. Import of hazardous wastes from a country to India for disposal purposes shall not be allowed, but it is allowed for recycle, reuse, recovery and co-processing purpose and authorization for import of hazardous wastes can be obtained by actual user and trader.
In order to import hazardous waste for recycling-
Please note that the following items have been prohibited from import-
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Validity of Authorization for Import of Hazardous Waste
The certificate of Authorization for Import of Hazardous Waste shall be valid for 5 years.
Compliances for Import of Hazardous Waste
If import involves any used electrical and electronic assemblies or any components listed under Schedule I of the e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, the importer should get extended producer responsibility authorization according to the procedure under e-waste rules. The importer of the hazardous waste needs to maintain a record of wastes imported by him in Form 3, which should be made available whenever required. Further, the importer should also file annual return in Form 4 to the state pollution control board.
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