On November 16, 2021, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change published “Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Second Amendment Rules, 2021” to transfer glass wastes in non-dispersive form (cullet, other glass wastes and scrap, except glass for cathode ray tubes and other activated glass) to the list of other wastes that do not require MoEFCC approval at the time of import and export, and add a list of documents to be verified by customs at the time of import. Also provisions to exempt other wastes included in the list from the application of the domestic manifest system have been added. The amended rules will enter into force upon publication.
The main contents of this revised regulation are as follows.
- Added the words “The provisions of manifest system (transport documents) used only in India shall not apply to other wastes listed in Part D of Schedule III (List of other wastes not requiring MoEFCC permission for import and export) of the Rules.
- In Part B of Schedule III of the Rules (List of other wastes applicable for import and export (PIC not required)), 1) non-dispersible glass waste (B2020) and related entries are deleted; 2) B3011 is amended to “solid plastic waste (polymethyl methacrylate, polyethylene terephthalate)”.
- Add the following to Part D of Schedule III of the Rules
|B2||Wastes containing principally inorganic constituents, which may contain metals and organic materials|
|B2020||Glass wastes in non-dispersible form:
– Cullet and other waste and scrap of glass except for glass from cathode-ray tubes and other activated glasses‘‘
- In Schedule VI (Hazardous and Other Wastes Prohibited for Import), B3010 (Solid Plastic Wastes) is revised to B3011 and the word polyethylene terephthalate is deleted.
- In Schedule VIII (List of documents to be verified by Customs when importing other wastes listed in Schedule III, Part D), the document “Chemical Analysis Report” required for the import of B1010, B1050, and B1100 has been revised to “Chemical Analysis Report of the wastes being imported other than wastes covered under the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) code or equivalent code prevalent in international trade.
- Added the following entry to Schedule VIII
|B2020||(a) Duly filled up Form 6 – Movement document;
(b) The import license from Directorate General of Foreign Trade, wherever applicable;
(c) Pre-shipment inspection certificate issued by the inspection agency of the exporting country or the inspection and certification agency approved by Directorate General of Foreign Trade;
(d) The consent to operate under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 (21 of 1981) and the Water (Prevention and Control Pollution) Act, 1974 (25 of 1974) and the authorisation under these rules, for actual users. For traders, only valid authorisation from concerned State Pollution Control Board is required;
(e) The chemical analysis report of the waste being imported;
(f) an acknowledged copy of the annual return filed with concerned State Pollution Control Board for import in the last financial year.
The amended rules can be downloaded from the following URL (in Hindi and English).