State-level consultation programme on E-Waste Management Rules 2016

Gangtok, 14 Jul:

A state-level consultation programme on E-Waste Management [Management] Rules 2016 for concerned stakeholders and media personnel was held here at SidkyeongTulku Memorial Hall of Forest Department on Saturday. The programme was organised by KaroSambhav, an E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation [PRO].

The main objective of the programme is to spread awareness on E-Waste Management [Management] Rules 2016 among concerned stakeholders. The consultation programme stressed upon roles, obligations and statutory compliance procedures for various stakeholders as mandated by the new Rules and to discuss successful implementation of the new Rules in the State.

The programme was attended by officials and representatives from the State Pollution Control Board [SPCB], Sikkim, Gangtok Municipal Corporation [GMC], State E-Mission Team deployed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Department of Science and Technology.

On the occasion, SPCB Member Secretary, CS Rao mentioned about various initiatives of the board towards e-waste management and other environment-friendly activities in the State. He mentioned that the people of Sikkim have always wholeheartedly accepted the environment-friendly programme and initiative of the government with their full cooperation and participation for its success.He stressed upon the need of responsible recycling of e-waste.

Likewise, SPCB Principal Scientist, Dr GopalPradhan stressed upon the need to create awareness among the masses on E-waste and its proper management.

SPCB Assistant Environment Engineer, RanjanRai thoroughly explained the E-Waste Management [Management] Rules 2016 and spoke about the role and responsibility of various stakeholders.

Speaking on the current practice of collection and disposal of E-waste in Gangtok, GMC Executive in-Charge E-Waste, BidhanPradhan mentioned that the Council has set-up a collection system that helps in channelization of e-waste to recyclers and have collected over 10050 items over the past 4 years and approximate collection is over 10 tonnes.

DevendraRatnaparkhi from SeMT, MeitY mentioned that the new rules also require Bulk Consumers like government Departments, offices, hotels, educational institutions and other bulk users of electronics to responsibly manage their e-waste by handing it over to a producer take-back channel and Bulk Consumers now also need to file E-Waste returns with the concerned SPCBs.

KaroSambhav Head- Strategic Alliances & Outreach, Smita Polite gave her presentation on the extended producer responsibility [EPR] and role of PRO in e-waste management. She also spoke about the role of producer and bulk producer under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016. She further mentioned about roles of key stakeholders like CPCB, SPCB, producer, bulk producer and recycler in making EPR successful. She also explained about KaroSamhav and its initiatives and activities in e-waste management.

It is informed that the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 that came into effect last year are based on the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility, which holds the producer responsible for the end-of-life management of their products. As a PRO, KaroSambhav takes on the mandate of managing e-waste on behalf of producers and it has also partnered with International Finance Corporation for a pan-India project on the development and implementation of a PRO solution for the industry.

KaroSambhavzonal manager [north-east], Joshua Thiek stated that KaroSambhav is a unique attempt at creating an ecosystem for responsible management of E-waste and is currently present in over 68 cities, 29 States and 3 Union Territories across India through various initiatives.

It is informed that KaroSambhav has set-up a collection system across the North Eastern states along with its partner organization Rongjeng Technologies and is closely working with SPCBs to reach out to bulk consumers. It is also planning capacity building sessions with concerned officers in various state government departments.

It has collected 1700 tonnes of E-waste from across the country and its School Program aimed at creating awareness on critical environment issues including E-waste have engaged over 1150 schools across India including 32 schools in Sikkim, it is informed.

The consultation workshop also witnessed an interactive open house discussion.