Rongjeng Technologies aiding in the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) launched in India by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the form of a robust legislation- The E-Waste Management and Handling Rules 2016, which clearly stipulates E-waste collection targets that electronic producers are required to legally comply with.
Rongjeng is in an Execution Agency status with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank group in developing an ecosystem of E-Waste Management in the eight northeastern states of India.
The Key objectives of the engagement are:
- to establish an industry-led solution for electronic producers to responsibly manage, collect and ensure responsible recycling of obsolete or discarded electronic products (E-Waste)
- to raise awareness among the public and other key stakeholders on the need to responsibly collect and recycle E-Waste and,
- to develop a locally relevant system for responsible E-Waste Management in Northeast India
Ecosystem development programs include collaborations with Bulk Consumers, Repair Shops, Waste Aggregators, Waste Pickers and responsible and organized Dismantling/Recycling Units.
Additionally, Rongjeng in partnership with Karo Sambhav, a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), is engaged in mobilizing 200 and more schools including teachers across the region in creating awareness on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) broadly described as loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices and address:
- Environmental impact of unwanted electrical and electronic equipment at end-of-life disposal and
- Preventive environmental strategies like circular economy
Rongjeng is working closely with Government departments in the following:
- Ensure enactment of the E-Waste Management and Handling Rules 2016 among Bulk Consumers, Producers/Distributors and allied stakeholders with reference to Clause 6.2.5 of the Information Technology and Electronic Policy 2017
- Enhance the existing Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Procurement Policy
- Formalize a policy for the informal (waste picker/collector) sector; integrate the informal economy in policy design
- Conduct Awareness Programs on responsibilities of stakeholders on disposal of E-Waste and filing of returns
Rongjeng’s intervention includes supporting the informal sector workers in registering with our E-Waste collection programs and strengthening their business model. This has become necessary following the implementation of a new E-waste regulation in India which has the potential to significantly alter the current E-Waste recycling system and boost the components of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and Smart City.