Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) will be an essential element in the e-waste management system of the State government.

According to Tamil Nadu's e-Waste policy, the first of its kind by a State in India, released on Thursday, producers of electrical and electronic equipment will be responsible for providing services in the post-consumer stage of the product life-cycle as part of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) concept.

While the State government, through the Information Technology Department, will be responsible for formulation and implementation of the policy along with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), the TNPCB will ensure compliance with policy and regulations.

Advisory committee

An advisory committee will be formed to monitor the implementation and review the performance of various stakeholders.

An annual review of the policy guidelines has also been suggested.

The policy also looks at involving consumers, self-help groups and local bodies in the effective implementation of the policy. Community-based Organisations (CBO) will be involved in the collection systems for e-waste.

The public-private-partnership model will be used extensively.

The policy also lays stress on the Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – concepts.