Disposal Guidance

In India, E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2016 r/w E-Waste Management Amendment Rules 2018 has been notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change Government of India. GESS International stands committed to implementing E-Waste Rules. GESS has done a tie-up with the government-authorized E-Waste Recycler for facilitating our Channel partners/customers to dispose and/or discard Electrical and Electronic Products after its end-of-life (when a product/parts are non-operational or non-repairable) and including spare parts.

The authorized Recycler has expertise in assisting GESS in fulfilling their compliances related to EPR and E-waste Management.

GESS RECYCLING PLAN FOR E-WASTE

What is E-Waste?

Waste electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part or rejects from their manufacturing and repair process, which are intended to be discarded. 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.

The e-waste Rules apply to all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) listed in Schedule 1 (this includes Air Conditioners) and put on the market in India, including their components and consumables which are part of the product at the time of discarding.

SCHEDULE I consists of the following:

Categories of Electrical and Electronic Equipment including their components, consumables, parts, and spares covered under the E-waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2016.

Categories of electrical and electronic equipment

  1. Information Technology and Telecommunication Equipment
  2. Consumer electrical and electronics including components/commercial refrigeration - Television sets (including sets based on (Liquid Crystal Display and Light Emitting Diode technology), Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Air Conditioners excluding centralized air conditioning plants

E-waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2016 r/w E-Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2018

The rules have been notified with the primary objective to channelize the E-waste generated in the country for environmentally sound recycling which is largely controlled by the unorganized sector who are adopting crude practices that result in higher pollution and less recovery, thereby causing wastages of precious resources and damage to the environment. The E-waste Rules place the main responsibility of e-waste management on the producer of the electrical and electronic equipment by introducing the concept of “Extended Producer Responsibility”(EPR). Recycling of old electronic products is beneficial in the following ways:

  1. 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. Recycling end-of-life products is vital if we are to save resources and minimize waste.
  2. Also scientific disposal of e-waste reduces environmental pollution. The correct disposal of old products will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health.
  3. Toxic material present in e-waste gets mixed with earth, air, water, etc, and causes health issues.
  4. Oil & Gases which are present in some e-waste like compressors and refrigeration systems causes environmental pollution.
  5. Batteries contain highly hazardous elements.
  6. Burning of rubber & Plastic in open areas causes air pollution. Channel partners/Customers are urged to strictly follow the guidelines as per e-Waste rules as any failure on their part would invite penal action, which may attract imprisonment up to 5 years or with a fine up to Rs. 1 Lakhs or both.

Recycling of Products:

Many customers might think that end-of-life products are worthless, but they still contain many reusable or recyclable materials. Let's see how all parts of old products could be recycled*.

  1. Metal components made of MS, copper, aluminum, etc used in our products can be recycled and re-used helping us save the environment.
  2. Valuable metals are used as component materials for the circuit board and remotes. During the smelting process, valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper can be retrieved from these electronic parts. The metals that are retrieved can be used for new electronic parts or can be sold separately on their own.
  3. Plastic materials are used for structural components such as the case and cover. The plastic materials that have been collected are recycled as energy resources after going through a heat recovery process. Alternatively, they can be used as a form of recycled plastic once they have been broken down and processed. Recycled plastic can be used to produce products such as traffic cones, plastic fencing, and car bumpers.
  4. Paper is the main component used in packaging. Paper can be recycled. It is then used as recycled paper or in products made of paper.
    *The above usages are only suggestive and may not necessarily mean about the current usage

This initiative is the step towards cleaner and greener earth. This move is one of the ways to show that we are concerned and thus we request all our customers to join this movement to make it successful by way of contributing their end-of-life products and defective spare parts

Do’s:

  1. All electrical and electronic products are required to be handed over only to the Authorised recycler.
  2. The product should be handed over only to an authorized recycler for disposal.
  3. Keep the product in an isolated area, after it becomes non-functional/unrepairable so as to prevent its accidental breakage.

Don’ts:

  1. The product should not be opened by the User himself/herself, but only by authorized service personnel.
  2. The product is not meant for re-sale by any unauthorized agencies/scrap dealers/kabariwalahs.
  3. The product is not meant for mixing into the household waste stream.
  4. Do not keep any replaced spare part(s) from the product in the exposed area.

This initiative is the step towards cleaner and greener earth. This move is one of the ways to show that we are concerned and thus we request all our customers to join this movement to make it successful by way of contributing their end-of-life products and defective spare parts.