Strengthening Hazardous Waste Management Rules 2024

Introduction:

India takes a significant leap forward in hazardous waste management with the introduction of the Hazardous Waste Management Rules, 2024. These amendments, published in the Official Gazette, mark a pivotal moment in bolstering hazardous waste handling practices nationwide.

Expanding Definitions and Regulations:

The Hazardous Waste Management Rules 2024 expand the regulatory framework by introducing new definitions and requirements. Notably, the inclusion of “deposition centers” streamlines the collection of domestic hazardous wastes, aligning with established waste management protocols.

Authorization and Compliance:

Emphasizing regulatory compliance, the rules mandate deposition centers to obtain authorization from State Pollution Control Boards or Pollution Control Committees. This ensures adherence to environmental standards, enhancing overall waste management effectiveness.

Record-Keeping and Reporting:

To enhance transparency and accountability, deposition centers are required to maintain comprehensive records of hazardous waste transactions and submit annual returns to regulatory authorities. These measures facilitate monitoring and enable timely interventions as needed.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework:

The Hazardous Waste Management Rules refine the EPR framework, outlining timelines and requirements for small generators and importers of specific hazardous wastes. The Central Pollution Control Board oversees the operation of platforms for EPR certificate exchange, promoting equitable implementation.

Flexibility and Adaptability:

Acknowledging the dynamic nature of waste management challenges, the rules empower the Central Government to adjust filing timelines under exceptional circumstances. This provision enables swift responses to emerging issues, ensuring effective waste management practices.

Conclusion:

The Hazardous Waste Management Rules 2024 reflect India’s commitment to enhancing hazardous waste management practices. By introducing comprehensive regulatory measures, promoting compliance, and fostering flexibility, these rules set the stage for a more sustainable and resilient waste management landscape in the country.

Download: Hazardous Waste Management Rules 2024


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