The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Thursday notified new norms for battery waste management which it claims will help in better ensuring adoption of environmentally sound management of waste batteries. Notified on Wednesday, the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 will replace the Battery (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001, the government announced on Thursday.

The ministry emphasized that the  rules are based on the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where the producers (including importers) of batteries are responsible for collection and recycling/refurbishment of waste batteries and use of recovered materials from wastes into new batteries. EPR mandates that all waste batteries be collected and sent for recycling/refurbishment, and it  prohibits disposal in landfills and incineration.

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