e-waste Guidelines: Types of e-waste


Printing and Imaging Equipment

Printers including Cartridges & Copying Equipment


Harmful Effects

The main ingredient of the black toner is a pigment commonly called “carbon black” — the general term used to describe the commercial powder form of carbon. Inhalation is the primary exposure pathway, and acute exposure may lead to respiratory tract irritation.


If printers are not disposed of properly, printer components containing potentially toxic materials are placed in landfills or incinerated, allowing these materials to leach into the soil or enter the air as ash. In addition to chemicals in the ink and toner used by printers, circuit boards and other components can contain hazardous metals such as lead and mercury.


Government rules

Refer to http://www.moef.nic.in/downloads/rules-and-regulations/1035e_eng.pdf



As per Chapter IV of E-waste management and handling rules 2011

Every Producer, collection center, dismantler, and recycler may store the e-waste for a period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days (6 months) and shall maintain a record of the collection, sale, transfer, storage and segregation of wastes and make these records available for inspection.



  • An area must be designated as the storage area.
  • This area must be a secure area; the loading dock is not permissible unless in a gated area.
  • An area out of the weather, so that the containers do not become wet.
  • Train employees who handle E-waste to prevent breakage & how to safely clean up any breakage that occurs.
  • This storage space should be separate from space allocated for other scrap, including old chairs and other metal scrap.


Disposal procedure

As per Chapter II of E-waste management and handling rules 2011


For Producers / Manufacturing Units

Refer to Page 12 of the ELCITA Member Kit for E-waste handling and disposal

For Consumers or Bulk Consumers:

a)                  Consumer or Bulk Consumers of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule 1 of the Rules shall ensure that e-waste generated by them is channelized to the authorized collection center(s) or registered dismantlers(s) or recycler(s) or is returned to the pick-up or take back services provided by the producers.


b)                  Bulk Consumer shall maintain records of e-waste generated by them in Form 2 which is the “Form for maintaining records of e-waste handled / generated” and make such records available for scrutiny by the State Pollution Control or Pollution Control Committee.


Large Quantity

Moderate Quantity

Low Quantity

100 ++ units annually

25-99 units annually

Less than 25 units annually

Contact ELCITA Approved recycler LIST

Contact ELCITA Approved recycler LIST

Contact ELCITA to arrange disposal

Contact CPCB/KSPCB APPROVED recycler

Contact CPCB/KSPCB APPROVED recycler

Contact ELCITA to arrange disposal


Another option to dispose Printers and Cartridges is Manufacturer Buyback Programs:

  • Some printer manufacturers offer buyback and recycling programs, eliminating the need for you to locate and visit a local recycling facility. Manufacturer buyback programs typically require you to visit the manufacturer’s website to receive a quote and print a shipping label; in most cases, these buyback programs will accept printers from other manufacturers as well.


For more information about any of the issues contained in this section, please contact Subha Niranjan:

Email: admin@elcita.in

Telephone: 080-4660 2222

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