e-waste laws for India.
By early May 2010, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests
expects to approve rules putting responsibility for the disposal of
Indian-made electronic products on their manufacturers. The rules were
proposed in 2009 by a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and the
Indian Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology. India
produces more than 300,000 tons of e-waste annually, a figure that may
triple by 2020, according to a recent UNEP report. The new regulations
would prohibit the cottage industry of dismantling electronics and
recovering the valuable metals they contain, but informal recyclers
could still find employment by assisting in the collection of e-waste.