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Designing Take Back Systems for E-waste

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2013

The current rules have been in force since May 2012 but there has been very little change on ground .There is inadequacy and lack of any serious efforts from the Producers and the regulators to bridge the gaps and ensure compliance. It is in this context that Toxics Link organized a national seminar in New Delhi on ‘Designing Take Back Systems for E-waste’ on 11th Dec 2012 followed by a brainstorming session on 12th Dec 2012. 

This workshop was an attempt to bring together all stakeholders policymakers, enforcement authorities towards evolving an informed and consensual approach in E-waste management in India. Since take back systems and infrastructure seems to be a major bottleneck, the workshop was meant to focus on these aspects and in consultation with all concerned, find solutions to some of these. 

Over 80 professionals representing Government officials, Manufacturers Associations, EEE producers, recyclers, and non-government organizations took active part in the discussions. The seminar was addressed by Ravi Agarwal, Director, Toxics Link; Joao Cravinho, Head of European Union Delegation to India; B Vinod Babu, HWMD, CPCB; Priti Mahesh, Senior Coordinator, Toxics Link; Lars Ekland, Advisor to Swedish Environmental Protection Agency; Federio Magalini, E-waste Academy Project Manager, United Nations University; Anwar Shipurwala, Executive Director, MAIT; Silje Johannessen, Advisor, Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway; D K Behera, Senior Environmental Scientist, Odisha State Pollution Control Board and Raphael Veit, Managing Director, Sagis Ltd. The speakers and participants brought to the table their experiences, challenges, breakthrough and best practices in E-waste management. While E-waste experts from Sweden, Norway and United Nations University (UNU) shared their knowledge and practices in the management of e-waste in their region. Almost all stakeholders, including those from CPCB, felt the need for amendments. They also sought learning from countries that have implemented similar rules and benefitting from them.

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