Feb 17, 2010

Hazardous Waste Rules for India

Compiled Brief Report on Scribd.com.

Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2003 is an amendment notified under the Environment (Protection) Act of India by the Ministry of Environment and Forest.Although it was first notified in the year 1989 but in 2000 and 2003 major amendments in these rules were made with regard to the international environmental laws. These rules have been amended as the Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Amendment Rules,2003.

 The authorities who are responsible for the defining rules and implementation are :
  1. Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF)
  2. Central Pollution Control Board
  3. State Govt./ Union Territory Govt./Administration
  4. State Pollution Control Boards
and for granting license for import and export of hazardous wastes :
  • Directorate General of Foreign Trade constituted under the Foreign Trade 
  • Port Authority under Indian Ports Act

The 2003 amendment has clearly defined and categorized hazardous wastes. One can even differentiate between industrial hazardous and non-hazardous waste. It contains 36 industrial processes and their waste streams. It is mandatory for industries to refine/recycle/dispose hazardous waste with registered refiners/recyclers/registered incinerators.  

The regulations for import and export of  hazardous waste has been carefully laid down and brought in line with the Basel Convention. Basel Convention is an international treaty that was designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries (LDC). The Convention also intends to minimize the amount and toxicity of wastes generated, ensures their environmentally sound management as closely as possible to the source of generation, and assists LDCs in environmentally sound management of the hazardous and other wastes they generate.

Concentration limits of hazardous wastes are set for the industries to obey for a better management and handling. As India, like other developing countries is striving to manage its waste inside its boundary, the amendment has clearly listed the wastes which should be recycled with the registered recyclers.
Used and Waste oil has been added as hazardous waste and been listed in wastes that needs to be recycled. 

 *******Please find the compiled brief report on Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Amendment Rules,2003 with the lists of Hazardous wastes at SCRIBD.com . It carries basic information just to get an overview on the given regulation.

*****The compiled report does not contain any legal information, therefore please refer to http://moef.nic.in/index.php     for detailed specifications about the given regulation.

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