Find below certain important definitions mentioned under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016:
- ‘Bulk Consumer’ means bulk users of electrical and electronic equipment such as Central Government or State Government Departments, public sector undertakings, banks, educational institutions, multinational organisations, international agencies, partnership and public or private companies that are registered under the Factories Act, 1948 (63 of 1948) and the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) and health care facilities which have turnover of more than one crore or have more than twenty employees.
- ‘Collection Centre’ means a centre or a collection point or both established by producer individually or as association jointly to collect e-waste for channelising the e-waste to recycler and play such role as indicated in the authorisation for Extended Producer Responsibility granted to the producer and having facilities as per the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board, including the collection centre established by the dismantler or refurbisher or recycler which should be a part of their authorisation issued by the State Pollution Control Board where the facility exists.
- ‘Consumer’ means any person using electrical and electronic equipment excluding the bulk consumers.
- ‘Dismantler’ means any person or organisation engaged in dismantling of used electrical and electronic equipment into their components and having facilities 3 as per the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board and having authorisation from concerned State Pollution Control Board.
- ‘Dealer’ means any individual or firm that buys or receives electrical and electronic equipment as listed in Schedule I of these rules and their components or consumables or parts or spares from producers for sale.
- ‘Deposit Refund Scheme’ means a scheme whereby the producer charges an additional amount as a deposit at the time of sale of the electrical and electronic equipment and returns it to the consumer along with interest when the end-of life electrical and electronic equipment is returned.
- ‘Environmentally Sound Management Of E-Waste’ means taking all steps required to ensure that e-waste is managed in a manner which shall protect health and environment against any adverse effects, which may result from such 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.
- ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ means responsibility of any producer of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelisation of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise of implementing take back system or setting up of collection centres or both and having agreed arrangements with authorised dismantler or recycler either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organisation recognised by producer or producers in their Extended Producer Responsibility – Authorisation.
- ‘Producer’ means any person who, irrespective of the selling technique used such as dealer, retailer, e-retailer, etc.; (i) manufactures and offers to sell electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares under its own brand; or (ii) offers to sell under its own brand, assembled electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares produced by other manufacturers or suppliers; or (iii) offers to sell imported electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares.
- ‘Recycler’ – means any person who is engaged in recycling and reprocessing of waste electrical and electronic equipment or assemblies or their components and having facilities as elaborated in the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board;
- ‘Refurbisher’ for the purpose of these rules, means any company or undertaking registered under the Factories Act, 1948 or the Companies Act, 1956 or both or district industries centre engaged in refurbishment of used electrical and electronic equipment.
- ‘Proposed General Awareness Plan’ – The applicants for Extended Producer Responsibility Authorization are required to propose a general awareness plan through which they intend to create awareness about the hazardous constituents present in the electrical/ electronic products they are dealing with. In addition, the said plan should also indicate about the measures the applicant undertakes to ensure proper disposal of the e-wastes generated.
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