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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.

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Title Annotation:The Beat
Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:May 1, 2010
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