E-waste has become a scourge in India and other developing nations. It comes to them in droves from countries like ours and the toxic chemicals contained in our computers and electronics are polluting the water and affecting the health of those that are put in charge of getting rid of it. India's IT industry has decided that there has to be a better way, so they've joined Greenpeace and other organizations in drafting new rules for the handling and disposal of e-waste.
The group is proposing that the new rules called "E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2008 be added to the country's Environment (Protection) Act of 1986. The current rules only govern the disposal of industrial waste and don't cover e-waste.
The proposed legislation would require electronics producers to extend their responsibility through a product's lifecycle, ensuring its recycling or proper disposal. The rules also call for a ban on the import of used electronics for recycling and disposal, although the legislation does allow for the import of electronics for charitable purposes.
Without an open invitation to send our used electronics overseas, maybe U.S. companies and consumers would take more responsibility for their safe disposal?
via PC World
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