NGT seeks reports on how e-waste recycling industries operate

Taking serious note of the complaint against e-waste recycling industries for failing to meet standards when handling e-waste, the National Green Tribunal has ordered all state pollution control boards to file reports on the operation of these units.

The NGT Main Bench, led by its Chairman, Justice Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel, passed this order while hearing a petition against unscientific handling of e-waste in Sarurpur Industrial Zone, Faridabad, Haryana by various engineering companies.

The bench also asked the states to hold an online interaction on the matter and submit a consolidated report by the next May 27 hearing.

According to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, around 10.14 lakh tons of e-waste was generated in India in 2019-2020. There are 468 licensed dismantlers/recyclers in 22 states with a processing capacity of 13.85 lakh tonnes of e-waste, the ministry said.

The ministry also notified the E-waste Management Rules 2016 for efficient handling of e-waste.

The petitioner alleged that nearly 100-200 “red category” and highly polluting units are illegally operating in the Sarurpur Industrial Zone, which burns around 40-50 tons of e-waste per day, which has made the environment of the toxic region.

These units collect the leftover ash from e-waste after it is burned and load it into tractors and dumpsters which take these ashes and unscientifically dump them in open areas and landfills, which proves to be a threat to the environment. environment, the alleged by the petitioner.

Since e-waste contains lead, cadmium, mercury, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), chromium, and beryllium, long-term exposure to these substances damages the system nervous, kidney, bone, and reproductive and endocrine systems, the plea says.

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