e-waste Guidelines: Types of e-waste


Telecommunications Equipment

Telephones, Pay telephones, Cordless telephone, Cellular telephones, Answering systems And other products or equipment of transmitting sound, images or other information by telecommunications


Harmful Effects 

Cell phones other wireless electronic devices contain cadmium and hexavalent chromium, which are toxic and can have serious harmful effects on public health.


When you look at any telecommunication equipment, it doesn’t seem to be dangerous. Typically, only the outer casing is visible, but it’s what’s inside that poses a threat to the environment, people and animals. Electronic products are jam-packed with heavy metals, semi-metals and various chemical compounds that can leak into soil and become hazardous. Things like lead, mercury, copper, barium, nickel and even arsenic are all present within a variety of electronic products. As they’re being thrown away or placed in the landfills, the products often break which can expose the inner workings and those dangerous chemicals and metals.

These metals and chemicals may not pose much of a risk in very small doses, because as they are taken in by the body, it works to get rid of them. However, if they are taken in faster than the body can dispose of them, they can be a big risk. Many of these chemicals and metals are known causes of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, impaired cognitive function, damaged organs and more.

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, 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 seggegration 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 ++ KGs annually

25-99 KGs annually

Less than 25 KGs 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


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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