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Government notifies Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022

GS paper 3

Syllabus: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, the impact of technology on environment etc

 

Source: PIB

Context:

      • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change published the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 to ensure environmentally sound management of waste batteries and replace the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001.

 

Batteries covered under the new rules:

      • Electric Vehicle batteries
      • Portable batteries
      • Automotive batteries
      • Industrial batteries

 

Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022:

      • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Producers (including importers) of batteries are responsible for the collection and recycling/refurbishment of waste batteries and the use of recovered materials from waste into new batteries.
      • Mechanism of centralized online portal: For the exchange of EPR certificates between producers and recyclers/refurbishers to fulfil the obligations of producers.
      • Industries and entrepreneurship: Setting up of new industries and entrepreneurship in collection and recycling/refurbishment of waste batteries.
      • Mandatory minimum percentage of recovery of materials from waste batteries: It will bring new technologies and investment in the recycling and refurbishment industry and create new business opportunities.
      • Use of a certain amount of recycled materials for new batteries: It will reduce the dependency on new raw materials and save natural resources
      • Online registration & reporting, auditing, and a committee: To monitor and implement rules and to take measures required for removal of difficulties.
      • Polluter Pays Principle: Environmental compensation will be imposed for non-fulfilment of Extended Producer Responsibility targets, responsibilities and obligations set out in the rules.
      • Utilization of funds: The funds collected under environmental compensation shall be utilized in collection and refurbishing or recycling of uncollected and non-recycled waste batteries.

 

Basel Convention: It Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Insta Links:

E-Waste Management Rules

 

Mains Link:

Q. Critically analyze the battery waste management Rules, 2022.

 

Prelims Links:

  • Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022
  • Types of batteries
  • Basel Convention

Which of the following is/are covered under battery waste management Rules, 2022?

  1. Electric Vehicle batteries
  2. Portable batteries
  3. Automotive batteries

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

 Ans: (d)

Justification:

Refer to the article above