NGT asks for action plan on e-waste in three months

Why it is in news?
  • Stating that scientific disposal of e-waste is an important factor for protecting the environment, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit an action plan on e-waste management within three months.
Enforce rules
  • A Bench headed by NGT chairperson “Proper disposal of e-waste is an important issue. We direct the MoEF, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the Central Pollution Control Board to prepare an action plan for enforcement of rules and taking action against violators.”
  • The direction came as the NGT was disposing of a plea against unauthorised “recycling, collection, dismantling, burning, selling” of e-waste and other solid waste on roadsides and riverbanks in violation of E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Causing pollution
  • The plea had further stated that electronic waste accounted for 40% of lead and 70% of all heavy metal found in landfills.
  • The plea also contended that burning and selling of e-waste and other solid waste resulted in groundwater contamination and air pollution.
The Hindu

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 23rd Aug 2018