E-Waste EPR: All you need to know

Source : Central Pollution Control Board

By 2025, the amount of electronic waste generated in India will almost double to 20 Lakh MT.

What is EPR? 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy that makes producers responsible for the environmentally sound management and disposal of their eligible products that they introduce in the market at the end of their respective life cycles.

Extended Producer Responsibility is also referred to as EPR. 

What is E-Waste EPR?

E-Waste EPR refers to the responsibility for the sound and ecofriendly management and disposal of Electrical and Electronic Waste genereated by any manufacturer, producer, refurbisher and or recycler.

Implementation of EPR for E-Waste in India.

  1. The concept of ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ for E-Waste was introduced in India under the E-Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011.
  2. Updates on the E-Waste EPR were via the E-Waste Management Rules on 23rd March 2016.
  3. The E-Waste EPR Compliances were then further updated on April 1, 2023 as First Amendment and with the Second Amendment, additional minor revisions were announced on 24th July 2023.

Who is E-Waste EPR applicable on?


    • Referred to a person or business that makes goods to sell. 

2. Producers

    • Referred to a person or entity who offers to sell electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and their components or consumable parts under its own brand. 

3. Refurbishers 

    • Designed for individuals or organizations that repair or reassemble used electrical and electronic equipment. 

4. Recycler 

    • Means any person or entity engaged in repairing or assembling used (EEE)electrical and electronic equipment.  

What are the EEE codes in E-Waste EPR? 

  1. E-Waste EPR has set different codes for various electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which covers the equipment, their components, consumables and spare parts. 
  2. For the purpose of calculating the e-waste generated and assigning an average lifespan to each category of equipment to attribute. 
  3. Presently, there are 134 electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) codes present in India.

What are the types of categories in E-Waste EPR? 

  1. IT and telecommunication equipment  
  2. Photovoltaic Panels  
  3. Large and Small Electrical and Electronic components  
  4. Electrical and Electronic Tools  
  5. Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment’s  
  6. Medical Devices  
  7. Laboratory Instruments  

Significance of E-Waste EPR

The E-Waste EPR compliance tries to:

  1. Reduce and Prevent E-Waste Pollution
  2. Recovery of Materials and Resources
  3. Generate Employement Opportunities
  4. Introduce Transperancy and Accountability
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E-Waste EPR: All you need to know
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