Draft Battery Waste Management Rules, 2020

Feb 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) on February 20, 2020, issues the draft Battery Waste Management Rules, 2020 in supersession of the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001. Under these Rules, battery means any source of electrical energy generated by direct conversion of chemical energy and includes disposable primary batteries or rechargeable secondary batteries or any other battery which is a source of electrical energy and contains potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide or ammonium chloride or zinc chloride or sulfuric acid or pressurized sulfur dioxide gas or thionyl chloride or magnesium bromide or magnesium perchlorate or mercury or zinc or cadmium or nickel or lithium chloride or any other hazardous material as defined in Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016.

These Rules shall  apply to every manufacturer, producer, collection center, importer, re-conditioner, re-furbisher, dismantler, assembler, dealer, recycler, auctioneer, vehicle service center, consumer and bulk consumer involved in manufacture, processing, sale, purchase, collection, storage, re-processing and use of batteries or components there of including their components, consumables and spare parts which make the product operational; all appliances into which a battery is or may be incorporated. Whereas, these Regulations do not apply to batteries used in equipment connected with the protection of the essential security interests such as arms, ammunitions and war material, and intended specifically for military purposes; equipment designed to be sent into space (space exploration); emergency and alarm systems; emergency lighting; and medical equipment.

The import and export of battery waste; hazardous waste generated in the establishment of users shall be handled as per the provisions under Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008.

The draft rules will be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of 60 days from the date on which the copies of this Notification as published in the Gazette of India, are made available to the public. The objections and suggestions if any, may be sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi-110003 or electronically at email address: [email protected]; [email protected].

[Notification No. S.O. 770(E)]


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