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E-waste Annual Return Filing

Any producer, manufacturer, refurbisher, dismantler or recycler has to submit E-waste Annual Return Filing by the 30th of June in every financial year to which that return relates.

  • Filing of necessary compliance forms
  • Tracking of compliance with the latest updates and amendments
  • End to end coordination with appropriate authorities
  • Advisory for necessary records
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Overview of E-waste Management Rule

The E-waste Management Rule applies to every manufacturer, producer, consumer, bulk consumer, collection centres, dealers, e-retailers, refurbishers, dismantlers and recycler involved in the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, collection, storage and processing of e-waste or electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) listen in the Schedule I of the Rules, including the components, consumables, parts and spares which makes the product operational. 

The rules do not apply to the following:

  • Used lead-acid batteries as covered under the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001
  • Micro enterprises as defined in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006
  • Radio-active wastes as covered under the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962

Annual Return and Compliances E-waste Rules

Every manufacturer, producer, e-retailer, refurbisher, consumer, bulk consumer, collection centre, dealer, dismantler and recycler may store the e-waste for a period of maximum 180 days and shall maintain the record of collection, sale, transfer and storage of wastes and make those records available at the time of inspection.  

However, in a case where the waste needs to be specifically stored for the development of a recycling or reuse process, the concerned SPCB may extend such a period for a period of 365 days. 

As per the E-waste Rules, an annual report contains information regarding E-waste generated, collected, channelised, processed, disposed of, material recovered, sold, etc. such annual return is filed in Form III and has to be submitted by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which the return relates. 

Those who need to file the Annual Return

The following persons file the Annual Return:

  • Manufacturer of E-waste
  • Producer of E-waste
  • Refurbisher of E-waste
  • Bulk Consumer of E-waste
  • Dismantler of E-waste
  • Recycler of E-waste

Forms for filing the Annual Return 

The Forms for filing the E-waste Annual return are:

  • Maintaining records in Form II of the E-waste handled and making such records available for scrutiny or inspection to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) or the concerned State Pollution Control Board (SPCB)
  • Filing the annual return in Form III to the CPCB on or before the 30th day of June of the following financial year to which that return relates. An annual return combining information of all the offices is filed if the producer has multiple offices in a state. 
  • The collection and Channelisation of the e-waste generated to collect to dismantler or recycler authorised by the Pollution Control Boards. 

The details to be provided in Form III for filing annual returns are:

  • Details of Producer, Manufacturer, refurbisher, dismantler or recycler
  • Details of the authorised person
  • Total number (quantity) of e-waste collected or channelised to the recyclers or dismantlers for processing during the year
  • Details E-waste of Bulk Consumers, Refurbishers, Dismantlers and Recyclers
  • Name and address of the destination of the E-waste collected, refurbished, dismantled and recycled.
  • Types and quantity of the materials segregated or recovered from the E-waste.  

Responsibilities of the various individual or entities under E-waste Rules

The responsibilities of different individuals or entities, whoever is involved in the business related to E-waste Annual Return Filing given under the E-waste (Management) Rules are as follows:

  • Manufacturer

To file annual returns in Form III to the concerned SPCB on or before the 30th of June of the following financial year to which that return relates.

  • Producer

To file annual returns in Form III to the CPCB by the 30th day of June of the following financial year to which that return relates, and if the producer has multiple offices in a state, then only one annual return is filed combining all the information of those offices. 

  • Refurbisher

To file annual returns in Form III to the concerned SPCB, by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which the return relates, to the concerned SPCB.

  • Bulk Consumer

To file an annual return by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which the return relates, in Form III to the concerned SPCB and in case the bulk consumer of EEE has multiple offices in the state, then one annual return combining all the information from all those offices is filed to the concerned SPCB. 

  • Dismantler

To file an annual return in Form III to the concerned SPCB by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which that return relates. 

  • Recycler

To file an annual return by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which the return relates in Form III to the concerned SPCB.

Maintaining Annual Records of E-waste Handled or Generated

According to the E-waste Management Rules, 2016, the annual records are maintained by the followings:

  • Manufacturer 
  • Producer
  • Collection Centre
  • Refurbisher
  • Consumer and Bulk Consumer
  • Dismantler
  • Recycler

All of them also make such records available for scrutiny and inspection to the concerned SPCB or the CPCB, as per the requirements.

Details to be filed in Form II, which is related to the maintaining of annual records of the E-waste:

  • Details of Producer
  • Details of Manufacturer
  • Details of Refurbisher
  • Details of Dismantler
  • Details of Recycler
  • Details of Bulk Consumer
  • Details of EPR Authorisation
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste handled or generated
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste stored
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste sent to a collection centre
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste transported
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste refurbished
  • Details of destination of E-waste transported 
  • Details of destination of refurbished materials
  • Details of destination of E-waste dismantled
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste recycled
  • Details of destination of E-waste recycled
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste sent to the recyclers by dismantlers
  • Details of destination of E-waste sent to the recyclers by dismantlers
  • Types and Quantity of E-waste treated and disposed
  • Details of destination of E-waste treated and disposed
  • Any other details to be provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The followings are the compliances required for E-waste Management:

  • The manufacturer, producer, dealer, bulk consumer, collection centre, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler shall store the e-waste not exceeding the period of 180 days and shall maintain the record of collection, sale, transfer and storage of wastes and present these records for inspection.
  • Collection and Channelisation of the E-waste generated to the dismantler of recycler authorised by the concerned Pollution Control Boards.
  • Maintain records of E-waste generated, handled and disposed of in Form II and present such records available for scrutiny or inspection by the concerned SPCB.
  • File Annual Returns in Form III to the concerned SPCB by the 30th day of June of the following financial year to which the return relates. 

The annual return is filed in Form III of the E-waste Management Rules, 2016.

The annual return has to be filed by the 30th of June of the following financial year to which that return relates.

The Annual Return Filing under the E-waste Management Rules, 2016 is done by the followings:

  • Manufacturer
  • Producer
  • Bulk Consumer
  • Refurbisher
  • Dismantler
  • Recycler

The followings maintain the Annual Records under the E-waste Management Rules:

  • Manufacturer 
  • Producer
  • Collection Centre
  • Refurbisher
  • Consumer and Bulk Consumer
  • Dismantler
  • Recycler

The E-waste compliances are dealt with under the following Rules:

  • E-waste (Management) Rules 2016
  • E-waste (Management) Amendment Rules 2018

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