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, 2015
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E-waste rules being strengthened

Source: The Sunday Guardian, Date: , 2015

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is updating its E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, making them more stringent and comprehensive to effectively dispose of and monitor the unprecedented amount of waste generated by the use of electronic devices. In June, the MoEFCC posted the new draft policy on its website, inviting suggestions and comments on the same. "The phenomenal rise in the number of electronic devices, especially mobile handsets, has deepened our concern for effective electronic waste management. The 2011 guidelines are being updated as the current situation demands more stringent laws," said a source in the MoEFCC. A report released by the United Nations Environment Program in May revealed that close to 90% of the world's E-waste, worth nearly $19 billion, is "illegally exported" or essentially dumped in countries like China, Pakistan, Malaysia and India.

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