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Odisha State Pollution Control Board has directed producers of electrical and electronic equipments to collect ‘end-to-life’ electronic items and channelize those to authorized dismantlers or recyclers under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
“The producers of electronic goods have to obtain authorisation from Central Pollution Control Board. The producers will collect e-waste by implementing take back system, e-waste exchange or through Producer Responsibility Organisation engaged by them,” OSPCB directed quoting E-waste Management Rules, 2016. EPR means responsibility of any producer of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelization of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste.
“Take deposit at the time of sale”
The pollution watchdog said the producers would have to implement Deposit Refund Scheme – charging of additional amount as a deposit at the time of sale of the electrical and electronic equipment and returns it to the consumer along with interest when the end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment is returned - for effective collection of e-waste through their dealers.
The bulk consumers of electronic equipment such as central government, State government departments, public sector undertakings, banks, educational institutions, multinational organizations, international agencies, partnership and public or private companies and healthcare facilities, which have turnover of more than Rs. 1 crore or have more than 20 employees, will ensure that the e-waste generated by them is channelized through authorised dealer, it said.
Bulk consumers would maintain records of e-waste generation and submit annual return in to the OSPCB before June 30, the OSPCB said. Odisha produces about around 8,000 tonnes of electronic waste. But, there is hardly any robust system in place to dismantle and recycle these products.
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