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E-Waste to cover CFL and Mercury Lamps too

New E-waste rules will now include Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and other mercury containing lamps as well as other such equipment, as per the latest notification under E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The new ruling will bring the producers under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to make them responsible for collection of E-waste and for its exchange. A provision of penalty for violation of rules has also been introduced. The process of dismantling and recycling has been simplified through one system of authorization and the Central Pollution Control Board will give the single authorization throughout the country. The transportation of E-waste has been made more stringent.  About 17 lakh tonnes of E-waste is generated every year, with an annual increase of five per cent of generation of E-waste.

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