Status of E-waste Management in J&K (2014-15)
In their recent report, Recycling - From E-waste to resources, the UNEP estimates that global electronic garbage generation is growing at an annual rate of 40 million tonnes. The report further estimates that E-waste levels could rise as much as 500% from present levels by the year 2020. The report estimates that India will increase their E-waste (most notably cellular phone waste) by 18 times over the next 10 years. In India and China current E -waste flows from refigerators will be mutiplied by a factor 1.5 to 2 by the year 2020 (UNEP,2009)
Though rules were enforced during 2011, compliance from a number of producers has been made after carrying heavy correspondence besides discussions at various levels for there was a confusion regarding the definition of producers and requirements of authroization in the states where there are no manufacturing units or corporate headquarters.
At present, J&K SPCB has authorized 14 producers and there are authorized collection centres. Board is in the process of issuing fresh notices to defaulters and has also penalized three producers who have failed to comply under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Present Status of implementation of E-waste management Rules in J&K
|S.No||Information Required for||Information|
|1)||No. of producers having applied for authorization for implementing EPR||23|
|2)||Number of Authorization issued to Producers||14|
|3)||Number of authorizations issued to collection centres||3|
|4)||List of registered dismantlers and recyclers along with their addresses, validity of registration, capacity and contact details||Nil|
|5)||Status of Inventory of e-waste in the state||Inventorization on E-waste carried out during 2009-10 and for the year 2012-13 and Reports got published|
|6)||Awareness Program||Two workshops organized by SPCB, Jammu|
During 2014-15, app. 3,497.8 kg of consumer goods and 2730.4 kg of IT goods have been collected on an average monthly basis by authorised Collection Centres as tabulated below which is very negligible due to lack of awareness on the part of Producers and non-compliance of the provisions laid under Rules by many companies so as to ensure scientific collection of e-waste.
|S.No||Category of E-Waste||Total Quantity collected during 2014-15 (Kgs)||App. Quantity (Kgs/month)|
|1)||IT and TE Equipments||32,765.63||2,730.4|
|2)||Consumer Electrical and Electronics||41,973.6||3,497.8|
It has been found from the data on E-waste collected that quanity of e-waste from IT equipments is less as compared to the consumer goods due to more no. of refrigerators and compressors entering the waste stream and their relatively high weight as compared to other categories of e-waste. As far as data on product wise quantity is concerned, quantity of compressors has been found the highest among all other products while that of mobile handsets has been found to be the lowest.
Present status of implementation of E-waste management Rules in J&K
|S.No.||Information required for||Information|
|1)||No. of producers applied for authorization for implementing EPR||23|
|2)||Number of authorization issued to Producers||14|
|3)||Number of authorization issued to collection centres||3|
|4)||List of registered dismantlers and recyclers along with their addresses, validity of registartion, capacity and contact details||Nil|
|5)||Status of Inventory of e-waste in the state||Inventorization on E-waste carried out during 2009-10 and the year 2012-13 and Reports Published|
|6)||Quantity of e-waste generated (as per survey 2013-14)||3260.4 tons|
|7)||Quantity of e-waste collected (as per data from collection centres 2014-15)||75 tons|
|8)||Awareness Program||Two workshops organised by SPCB, Jammu. Blue Star Ltd also organised awareness drive in collaboration with Earth Sense recyclers supported by SPCB|
(Data Source: State Pollution Control Board, Jammu and Kashmir)