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  1. Madhukar Varshney
  2. Module 2 - Climate Change and Business Model Innovation
  3. Monday, 08 April 2019
1. India is party of Rotterdam Convention
-Ratification, Acceptance (A), Approval (AA), Accession (a) since 24/05/2005 (a)
-Entry into force since 22/08/2005

India is party of Stockholm Convention
-Signature,Succession to Signature (d) since 14/05/2002
-Ratification, Acceptance (A), Approval (AA), Accession (a) since 13/01/2006
-Entry into force since 13/04/2006

2. What is your country doing about POP-PBDEs?
Ans: India’s Ministry of Environment adopted new rules governing the management and disposal of plastic waste in 2011. The new rules include an extended producer responsibility system. These Rules do not lay down any standards or guidelines to recycle plastic and does not have any provisions mentioned for plastics with flame retardants or other hazardous chemicals.

Guidelines on recycling of plastic waste

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), New Delhi has issued guidelines on recycling of plastics waste, including code of practices for collection. However, while formulating Indian standard specifi cations for various plastic products, used for critical applications like plastic piping system, water-storage tanks, packaging for food articles, a clause is included which reads “no recycled plastics waste shall be used”. Again there is no specific mention of critical additives like BFRs.

Currently, both the Plastic waste Rules and E-waste Rules are being revised. The new Rules have been notified, with no mention of recycling of plastic with contaminants like BFRs.

3. Are people aware of the issue?
Ans: Nobody in my known people aware about the PoPs and I explained them the issues of PoP-BFR in e-Waste in informal way, but awareness about the topic is greatly required.
References
  1. http://toxicslink.org/docs/Report-WEEE-plastics.pdf
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