E-Waste Management

E-Waste Management Certificate

The Government of India (GoI) introduced the E-Waste Management Rules in 2016. The rules apply to businesses that are generating electronic waste items. The rules specify that businesses should make arrangements for the safe disposal of scrapped electronic items. The rules are administered by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

As the decomposition of electronic items will take a more prolonged and different methodology, the companies are asked to separate the wastes at source. To address the issue, the Government of India has introduced the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan as part of the E-Waste Management Rules. Under the plan, companies should undertake the responsibility to recycle a minimum percentage of the electronic products manufactured.

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E-Waste Management Certifications

  • ISO 14001-2004 Certification: The ISO 14001 provides framework for implementation of an effective Environment Management System {EMS} and provided guideline for organizations to follow.
  • ISO 9001-2008 Certification: The ISO 9001 certification focuses on meeting customer’s expectations and paying attention to the customer. Becoming ISO 9001 certified means your organization has complied with all the requirement of the ISO 90001.
  • OHSAS 18001-2007 Certification: Occupational health and safety management certification is an international standard and it provides companies with framework to identify, control, and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplaces. Taking the OHSAS will reflect that you are concerned about your employees’ health and safety and consider it as a priority within your organization.
  • UNFCCC Authorization: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change {UNFCCC} is an internationally recognized environment treaty which is adopted by almost all the countries of the world. It was first launched in 1994. 197 countries agree to these standards.
  • E Waste Recycling Authorization from State or Central Pollution Control Board
  • Responsive Recycling Certification {R2}: R2 certification is issued by third party certifying bodies. It is intended for electronic recyclers. The companies who wish to become R2 certified should ensure that they comply with the R2 Standards. After complying with all the standards the company can contact the certifying bodies to get the R2 Certificate. The certifying body conducts an audit, and issues the certificate after successful completion of the audit. The R2 standards are specified under the R2 Technical Advisory Committee {TAC}.
  • The Recycling Industry Operation Standard {RIOS}: The RIOS is an integrated environmental, quality, health and safety management system certification. This certification ensures the effective management of systems and strengthens the health and safety programs. All recyclers including electronic or non electronic recyclers need to get this certification.
  • The Basel Action Network {e-Stewards}: It is a comprehensive set of performance requirements especially for the electronics recyclers and asset recovery sector. This standard holds the ISO 14001 and R2 practices within it. It is a community level certification based on standards build by the Environment Community and industry members called as e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. It is an internationally recognized standard.

Who are Eligible for taking EPR Authorization?

The following needs the EPR Authorization

  • Electronic Producers
  • Consumers or bulk Consumers
  • Collection centers { Electronic }
  • Electronic Dismantlers
  • E waste Recyclers
  • IT and Telecommunication Companies
  • Consumer Electrical And Electronic Equipment {EEE}

Documents Required to get EPR Authorization

The documents needed for getting the EPR Authorization are as follows;

  • EPR Plan
  • Self declaration stating the compliance of Reduction of Hazardous Substance {ROHS} as a the procedure of processing the application
  • Copies of agreement with dismantlers, recyclers, treatment, storage and disposal facilities {TDFSs}, etc.
  • Declaration for the availability of the technical document as per the EN 50581 of EU
  • Copy of licenses/ permissions from the relevant government body for marketing products or doing business such as;

    •   GST Details

    •   Copy of incorporation certificate

    •   PAN Details

    •   And copy of IEC in case of importers

  • List of producers attached with the dismantler or recycler including the producer’s collection targets
  • A self attested copy of the authorization of dismantler or recycler