The government has amended the Hazardous and
Other Wastes (Management and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The rules
deals with environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes.
Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management& Trans-boundary
Movement) Amendment Rules, 2019 has prohibited import of solid plastic waste to
India including in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and by Export Oriented Units
(EOU). Previously, Hazardous Waste Management rules 2016 had allowed companies
located in SEZs to import solid plastic waste. Import of plastic waste was
also allowed by EOUs.
The Rules have exempted exporters of silk waste from
requiring permission from the Environment Ministry of Environment, Forest and
The rules have also mentioned that electrical
and electronic assemblies and components manufactured in and exported from
India, if found defective, can be imported back into India, within a year of
export, without obtaining permission from the Environment Ministry.
Under other amendments in the rules, white
category industries exempted from requiring authorization also under the
Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Trans-boundary Movement) Rules,
2016, provided hazardous and other wastes generated in their units are handed
over to authorised users, waste collectors or disposal facilities.