E-waste means in India is the same that is taken at global level i.e., end of life of electrical and electronic products which are not re-used and left sometimes for re-cycling and sometimes for landfills. However, in India there is maximum amount of informal re-cycling of e-waste resulting into environmental damages and hazards to public health. It can be termed as urban mining. Recently now there is regulation based upon the concept of producers extended responsibility which itself is based upon the principle of polluter pays thereby resulting into hope for re-cycling based upon the 'best of two worlds'.
As per the Waste Prevention and Management Act 2009 of Bhutan, E-waste means discarded, obsolete or recyclable electrical or electronic equipment including all components, subassemblies and consumables at the time of discarding.
In France, the national definitions of waste, hazardous waste and e-waste are in accordance with the Basel Convention.
In the environmental code :
- waste is defined as any substance or object, or more generally any movable asset, whose holder comes undone or he wants to come undone or he has to come undone.
- e-wastd is defined as equipements powered by electrical currents or magnetic fields and all the equipments of production, transfer et measure of these currents and fields, conceived to be used at a voltage not exceeding 1000 V in an alternative current and 1500 V in a direct current.
Since 2018, there are 7 categories of e-waste such as in the Basel Convention.
The french legislation is using the Basel Convention e-waste TBM guidelines definition.