The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified new rules for management of hazardous waste on Sunday.
For the first time, Rules have been made to distinguish between Hazardous Waste and other wastes.
Waste tyre, paper waste, metal scrap, used electronic items, etc. are defined as other wastes and are recognized as a resource for recycling and reuse.
The salient features of Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management &Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 include the following:-
•The ambit of the Rules has been expanded by including ‘Other Waste’.
•Waste Management hierarchy in the sequence of priority of prevention, minimization, reuse, recycling, recovery, co-processing; and safe disposal has been incorporated.
•All the forms under the rules for permission, import/export, filing of annual returns, transportation, etc. have been revised significantly, indicating the stringent approach for management of such hazardous and other wastes with simultaneous simplification of procedure.
•The basic necessity of infrastructure to safeguard the health and environment from waste processing industry has been prescribed as Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs), specific to waste type, which has to be complied by the stakeholders and ensured by SPCB/PCC while granting such authorisation.
•Procedure has been simplified to merge all the approvals as a single window clearance for setting up of hazardous waste disposal facility and import of other wastes.