E-Waste: Definitions, Classification and E-Waste Management in India

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  • Also known as Electronic waste refers to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which is ceased to be of any value to its owners.

  • According to the E-waste (management) rules 2016, Government of India, e-waste’ means electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes.


Classification Of E-waste In India

Classification of E-Waste in India

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E-Waste Management in India

Inventory Management

Controlling raw materials and materials in manufacturing process

Production-Process Modification

It is done by three different ways:

  • Improved operating and maintenance procedures

  • Material change

  • Process-equipment modification

Volume Reduction

  • Hazardous portion of a waste is separated from non-hazardous portion

  • Achieved through source segregation and waste concentration.

Recovery and Reuse

This minimizes or eliminates the waste disposal costs

E-Waste Treatment

  • Manual dismantling

  • Mechanical processing

  • Refining

E-Waste Regulation in India

  • E-waste is regarded as a hazardous waste

  • E-waste management and handling rules- 2011

  • Came to be known as e-waste (management) rules 2016 from October 2016 after amendment.

  • Bases on the principle of EPR

Multiple Choice Questions

1. E-waste managements rule came during which among the following years?

  1. 2011

  2. 2013

  3. 2016

  4. 2019

Answer: c

2. EEE stands for

  1. Electrical and electronic equipment

  2. Electronic and electrical equipment

  3. Electric and electronic equipment

  4. Electronic and electrical equipment

Answer: a

3. Which among the following is e-waste treatment method?

  1. Manual dismantling

  2. Mechanical processing

  3. Refining

  4. All of the above

Answer: d

4. E-waste management and handling rules came in

  1. 2016

  2. 2013

  3. 2012

  4. 2011

Answer: d



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