Electronic waste (e-waste) has emerged as a new policy priority around the world. Motivations to address e-waste include rapidly growing waste streams, concern over the environmental fate of heavy metals and other substances in e-waste, and impacts of informal recycling in developing countries.

Every single gadget we use will sooner or later end up in a trash can. Computers, mobile phones, DVD players, TV sets, will all be junk. From a computer penetration density of less than 10 per 1000 population in 2005, India will exceed 60 per 1000 in 2010. Mobile phones will touch 300 million and TV sets over 140 million.

These rules may be called the Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement)Amendment Rules, 2009. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

Hazardous Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 1989 were

Hazardous Waste, bulk of which is generated by the industries, can cause environmental pollution and adverse health effects if not handled and managed properly. Its effective management, with emphasis on minimization of generation and recycling/ reuse, taking into account economic aspects, is therefore essential.

One way of managing waste

The sheds where hazardous incinerable waste is stored should have flame-proof electrical fittings There should be a distance of at least 15 metres between storage sheds and four metres between stacked storage containers or drums for fire tenders Approach to the storage area should have enough space for fork-lifting drums and for fire fighting equipment No drums should be opened

India has tightened guidelines for storage of toxic industrial waste. But is it enough?

Disposal facilities are not the final solution, but are good business as long as subsidized India generates 8.14 million tonnes of hazardous industrial waste in a year, according to cpcb. Of this, at least 350,000 tonnes have to be incinerated. However, the capacity of the tsdfs in the country to incinerate waste is much less

The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, notified the Hazardous Waste (Management & Handling) Rules on July 28, 1989 under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, which was further amended in the year 2000 and 2003 and recently The Hazardous Wastes(Management,Handling and Transboundry Movement) Rules,2008 were notified for effective management of hazardous wast