Government notifies Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Aug 2022 3:52pm

Government notifies Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022

New Delhi: On August 24, 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change of the Government of India published the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 to ensure environmentally sound waste battery management.

The publication of these rules is a significant step toward placing Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's announcement to the nation in his Independence Day address on August 15, 2021, to promote Circular Economy in earnest into action.

Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 will be replaced by new rules.

The rules apply to all types of batteries, including those used in electric vehicles, portable batteries, automotive batteries, and industrial batteries.

The rules are based on the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which states that battery producers (including importers) are responsible for waste battery collection, recycling/refurbishment, and the use of recovered materials from wastes in new batteries.

The rules will allow the establishment of a mechanism and centralised online portal for the exchange of EPR certificates among producers and recyclers/refurbishers to fulfil producers' obligations.

The rules encourage the establishment of new industries as well as entrepreneurship in the collection, recycling, and refurbishment of used batteries.

The rules requiring a minimum percentage of material recovery from waste batteries will bring new technologies and investment to the recycling and refurbishment industry, as well as new business opportunities.

The use of a certain number of recycled materials in the manufacture of new batteries will reduce the reliance on new raw materials and save natural resources.

Rules for ensuring effective implementation and compliance include online registration and reporting, auditing, and a committee for monitoring rule implementation and taking necessary measures to remove difficulties.

Environmental compensation will be imposed under the Polluter Pays Principle for failure to meet the Extended Producer Responsibility targets, responsibilities, and obligations outlined in the rules. The funds collected under environmental compensation will be used to collect and refurbish or recycle uncollected and non-recycled waste batteries.

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