Toxics Link, a NGO working on electronic waste issues in India, recently completed an assessment of the country's extended producer responsibility system - concluding it leaves much room for improvement.
With Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR as the cornerstone of the E-waste Rules, e-waste management is largely to be taken care by the Producers or the large Brands or companies who put these electronic and electrical gadgets in the market. The study unmistakably points out towards lack of effort from these important stakeholders. Though some brands have been proactive, most have failed to create a consumer friendly takeback system, a key component of EPR. In absence of it, this toxics waste continues to flow in lanes and bylanes of cities and surrounding towns, putting at risk lives of thousands of people involved in informal e-waste recycling and poisoning our environment and our lives.
Reprinted with permission from Toxics Link, the report can be found here.