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E-waste Guideline Manual For Haier India



What is eWaste or electronic Waste?

Electronic  waste @ e-waste is a term which refers to unusable, discarded and old,  electric & electronic appliances such as refrigerators,  LED/LCD/CTV,  microwave oven, washing machines, home air conditioner  etc. As per E waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016 e-waste  'e-waste' means electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part  discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects  from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes


E-waste  has been categorized into three main categories, i.e., Consumer  Electronics/home appliances and IT & Telecom. Refrigerators, washing  machines, home air conditioner LED/LCD etc. represent l Consumer  Electronics/home appliances.  On the other hand computers, desktop,  laptop mobile phones etc. and its component represent Telecom & IT.


E-waste  broadly covers waste from all electronic and electrical appliances and  contains different hazardous materials which are harmful to human health  and the environment if not disposed of carefully. While some naturally  occurring substances are harmless in nature, their use in the  manufacture of electronic equipment often results in compounds which are  hazardous for example chromium becomes chromium VI. Thus Ministry of  Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India had listed  issued directions for reduction in the use of hazardous substances in  the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment and their  components or consumables or parts or spares.


The  Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India in  furtherance of its effort to reduce the hazard occurring from rapid  growth in the Consumer durable and IT-Telecom market had made rules  called as E Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016 under  Environment Protection Act.


HAZARDS OF IMPROPER HANDLING AND/OR IMPROPER RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE


Electronic  equipments contain many hazardous metallic contaminants such as lead,  cadmium, and beryllium and brominated flame-retardants. An improper  handling and/or improper recycling of the Electronic Waste results in  these hazardous metals/substances getting released into our eco and  biological system, thereby leading to various health hazards. The  Hazardous contents in the electronic equipment include:


Health:-   The informal method of recycling extended health hazards. For example,  primary and secondary exposure to toxic metals, such as lead, results  generally from open-air burning used to retrieve valuable components  such as gold. Incineration from burning e-waste creates fine particulate  matter, which is linked to pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.


Environment:-  The informal method of recycling extended environment hazards too. For  example when different e-waste is burnt to extract metals from it, toxic  chemicals are released in to the air, damaging the atmosphere. 



•     Lead    •   Brominated Flame Retardants   •   Chromium   •   Mercury •    Beryllium   •   Cadmium   •   Barium   •   Carbon Black   •   Phosphor

E-Waste Toxic Components and their Damage to Human Health

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Without safe recycling, most of these toxic components will end up in land fill - poisioning the soil and water


The Do’s of Electronic Waste Recycling:

  1. Give the discarded Electronic Equipments only at the authorized collection centers so that the same can be properly recycled

  2. Drop the discarded Electronic Equipments only in the bins meant for the Electronic Waste

  3. Ask the retailer about the Take Back schemes

  4. Consult the authorized service center as to whether the Electronic Equipment can be repaired or not, before discarding the same

  5. Tell  your neighbors and other persons about the hazards of improper disposal  or handling or improper recycling of the Electronic Waste

  6. If the unwanted Electronic Equipment still work or can be repaired then consider donating them


The Don’ts of Electronic Waste Recycling:

  1. Don’t  dump the discarded Electronic Equipments in open or in any Land Fill  Site as the same will result in contaminating the  Soil and the ground  water

  2. Don’t dispose of the discarded Electronic Equipments in household bins or Municipal Bins

  3. Don’t sell or give your discarded Electronic Equipments to any Trash Dealer or Kabadiwala

  4. Recycling  Electronic Equipments helps to save natural finite resources and also  reduces the environmental and health risks associated with improper  handling/disposing the Electronic Waste

  5. To  minimize our impact on the earth and to protect the environment for  future generations return your discarded Electronic Equipments here for  safe recycling:


Why proper handling and management of e-waste is required?


According  to MoEF, the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) have valuable  materials and hazardous/toxics substances in their components. The  electronic products and electrical equipment after their useful life may  not cause any harm if it is stored safely in households/stores.  However, if the E-waste is opened-up and attempts are made for retrieval  of useful components or material in an un-scientific manner or if the  material is disposed in open, then it may cause health risks and damage  to environment. E-waste can be considered as a resource that contains  useful material of economic benefit for recovery of plastics, iron,  glass, aluminum, copper and precious metals such as silver, gold,  platinum, and palladium and lead, cadmium, mercury etc. However, at the  same time presence of heavy metals (As, Cd, Hg, Pb etc.) and other toxic  substances such as polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs), etched chemicals,  etc. may pose risk to health and environment during handling and  recovery operations. E-waste is a problem of increasing proportions  especially when crude methods are adopted for recovery of useful  components from E-waste.



Thus, there is a  need to encourage recycling of all useful and valuable material from  e-waste so as to conserve the ever depleting natural resources.  Electronic component are increasingly made from recycled materials, for  example for making new LCDs, more than 50% of indium is sourced by  recycling used LCDs. The E-waste thus presents a scenario of urban  mining for recovery of ferrous/non-ferrous/ rare earth metal and  precious metal in addition to plastics and glass. However, presence of  hazardous and toxic substances in the component of e-waste necessitates  environmentally sound management of e-waste including collection and  recycling/treatment in an environmentally sound manner.



Management and Effect on sustainable future:-



Sustainable development as defined by Brundtland Commission  is “development that meets the needs of the present without  compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own  needs.” 


The e-waste since a long time had been seen as  an easy and cheapest source of metals. However due to lack of proper  consideration for such source of metals as well as proper methods of  recycling in India, we sent our e-waste to the improper channel and  thereby participated in degrading the environment. Moreover, through  this improper method of extraction of metals we till date had wasted at  least forty percent of the precious metals and simultaneously caused  damage to our environment. If we opt the proper way to extract metals  through proper channel of recycling then we can achieve Ninety percent  of extraction rate of our metals as well as a better way to save our  environment. However, if today while selling off our material to  improper channel we will not think about our sustainable future then it  is for sure that the coming generations will be facing crisis of the  metals. 


Customer responsibility

a.        consumers shall ensure that there end of life product/e-waste is  channelized through collection center or dealer of authorized producer  or dismantler or recycler or through the designated take back service  provider of the producer to authorized dismantler or recycler;

b.       consumers shall ensure that such end-of-life electrical and electronic  equipment are not admixed with e-waste containing radioactive material;


Bulk Consumer Responsibility:-

a.        bulk consumers of electrical and electronic equipment shall ensure that  e-waste generated by them is channelized through collection center or  dealer of authorized producer or dismantler or recycler or through the  designated take back service provider of the producer to authorized  dismantler or recycler;

b.      bulk  consumers of electrical and electronic equipment shall ensure that such  end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment are not admixed with  e-waste containing radioactive material as covered under the provisions  of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 (33 of 1962) and rules made there under;

c.        bulk consumers of electrical and electronic equipment listed in  Schedule I shall maintain records of e-waste generated by them in Form-2  and make such records available for scrutiny by the concerned State  Pollution Control Board;

d.      bulk  consumers of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I  shall file annual returns in Form-3, to the concerned State Pollution  Control Board on or before the 30th day of June following the financial  year to which that return relates;

e.        In case of the bulk consumer with multiple offices in a State, one  annual return combining information from all the offices shall be filed  to the concerned State Pollution Control Board on or before the 30th day  of June following the financial year to which that return relates.



Haiers' Responsibility

Haier  India being responsible and trustworthy brand is taking all the  necessary and expected steps for betterment of the environment as well  as living beings. Haier had joined hands with Auctus E- Recycling Solutions Pvt Ltd. Haier  being a responsible and environment friendly consumer brand have  assured to recycle electronic items, such as refrigerators, washing  machines, air conditioners  etc. that are either achieved their end of  life or are no old, unusable etc. ‘Haier is initiated Mission HAIER  (Haier Auctus initiative for E-waste Recycling) where by Haier with  joint efforts of Auctus E Recycling Solutions will create awareness in  the general public and will take back the end of life and unusable and  old  electronic products from the customers.


Apart from above, Haier had taken the following steps for proper recycling of e-waste of its customers:-

1.      Collection and Channelization of e-waste:-

Haier  had setup toll free Number where the customers can call and registered  their products for recycling. As soon as e-waste pick up is registered  by customer a representative will come to collect the product in  exchange of a gift voucher which can be redeemed at any authorized  dealer of Haier or service center.

Dismantling & Recycling of e-waste 


2.      Awareness  for e-waste 




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