E-Waste Management Policy:Issues revisited | Original Article
20th Century saw the immense rise of information and communication technology in the form of a revolution. Over the recent past, the market of electrical and electronic equipment(EEE) has grown exponentially, while the lifespan of these products has become increasingly shorter. The e-products are ending up in rubbish dumps, posing a new challenge. These hazardous equipments and other associated wastes pose a great threat to the human health and environment. Although the e-waste management policy has been defined and circulated, it remains to be found out how far the policy has been absorbed into the system of our country, whether there has been any percentage increase in the amount of e-waste actually finding its way to the formal e-waste handling units as governed by the policy, The purpose of this paper is to review the E-Waste management rules 2016, given by the of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change - which supersedes E-waste (Management Handling) Rules, 2011, as also to peep into the effectiveness of the rules, taking reference of our state i.e. M.P. The focus is to find out whether e-waste collection is increasing at the same rate at which it is being generated and the possible role that producers and consumers can play in the effective management of e-waste.