ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility

The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 are reviewed critically with respect to the principle of “extended producer responsibility,” comparing them with the first-ever EPR-based rules in India, the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001. The failure of the recent rules to recognise the role of the huge informal sector in collection and recycling of solid waste, one of the major reasons for the failure of BMHR, undermines their effectiveness. To overcome this drawback, an EPR mechanism integrating the informal collection system with formal recycling along with elimination of informal recycling units has been suggested.

Polluting Units

The relocation of small-scale industrial units that do not conform to pollution standards is not a long-term sustainable solution. The regulating authority should create conditions conducive to innovation and help in the identification of cost-effective ways of dealing with the problem.
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