Key changes include:
- The applicability of the Rules has been extended to components, consumables, spares, and parts of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), in addition to equipment listed in Schedule I;
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and other mercury containing lamps will now be covered by these Rules;
- There will be a collection mechanism based approach, to include collection centers, collection points, take back systems etc., for collection of e-waste by producers, under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR);
- Introduction of the role of State Governments to ensure safety, health and skill development of the workers involved in the dismantling and recycling operations; and
- Introduction of liability for damages caused to the environment or third party due to the improper management of e-waste, including a financial penalty clause for violation of provisions of the Rules.