India India proposes average lifetime of EEE subject to e-waste rules

India proposes average lifetime of EEE subject to e-waste rules

On March 21, 2023, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India released a draft that specifies the average lifetime of products under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022. The rules set e-waste recovery targets with which producers must comply, and the “average lifetime” of a product is used in the calculation of these targets.

The deadline for submitting comments on this draft is March 25, 2023. Comments may be submitted to:

The original text of this draft can be downloaded from


Product Life Expectancy

This draft proposes average life expectancies for a total of 85 different products. The following is some examples.

Category Products Average Lifetime (year)
Information technology and telecommunication equipment Tablets 5
Scanners 5
Routers 10
Consumer Electrical and Electronics and Photovoltaic Panels Screen, Electronic Photo frames, Electronic Display Panel, Monitors 7
Audio Amplifiers 7
Solar panels/cells, solar Photovoltaic panels/cells/modules 15
Large and Small Electrical and Electronic Equipment Large cooling appliances 10
Clothes dryers 10
Vacuum cleaners 10
Iron and other appliances for ironing, mangling and other care of clothing 5
Smoke detector 10
Electrical and Electronic Tools (With the exception of large- Scale Stationary Industrial Tools) Drills 8
Sewing Machines 15
Tools for mowing or other gardening activities 10
Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment Hand-held video games consoles 2
Video games 2
Sports equipment with electric or electronic components 5
Medical Devices (With the Exception of All Implanted and Infected Products) Radiotherapy equipment and accessories 20
Dialysis equipment and accessories 10
MRI 20
Laboratory Instruments Gas analyzer 8
Equipment having electrical and electronic components 8


The e-waste collection target imposed on producers under the rules will be strengthened every two years as follows, eventually reaching 80%.

Fiscal Year Collection Target (w%)
FY 2023 60%
FY 2024 60%
FY 2025 70%
FY 2026 70%
FY 2027 80%
FY 2028 80%


The volume to be collected in the relevant fiscal year to achieve this collection target is calculated by multiplying the sales volume of the past fiscal years going back to the product life year by the collection target rate described above. For example, to achieve the collection target for “tablets” in FY2023, the mandatory collection volume is calculated as follows.

  • Product lifetime: 5 years
  • Collection target for FY2023: 60%
  • Sales volume in FY 2018 (2023-5 years): 2000 kg

=> Mandatory collection volume in FY2023: 2000 kg × 60% = 1200 kg

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji