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Top tech firms denied permission to import second hand equipment

Source: Indian Express, Date: , 2015

Taking a firm stand against electronic waste generation, the environment ministry has denied permission to Apple, IBM, Nokia, Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard, among others, for importing used equipment and parts into India. The ministry’s rationale for denial is that the vintage and residual life of such refurbished electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) imports would later add to the e-waste burden of the country. “The items proposed to be imported are known to have short functional life and are prone to become obsolete in a short period of time. Therefore, generation of e-waste would become quicker in the country,” says a ministry note. At best, the country could support products that were manufactured less than three years ago and had at least five years of residual life left, says the ministry’s draft guidelines.

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