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Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous wastes, mainly generated from industrial processes, are regulated under the Hazardous Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 that have superseded the earlier Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008 

Specific guidelines for hazardous waste identification, their recycling, transportation and disposal have been laid down in the rules. The Board has been empowered to grant Authorisation to all persons engaged in generation, collection, treatment, storage, transportation, use/ processing or disposal of hazardous wastes in the State. 

The Board has a limited role in controlling the import and export of hazardous wastes through ports located in the State. The nodal authority in this case is the Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI (MoEF). All importers and exporters of hazardous wastes listed in Parts A, B and C of Schedule III of the Rules are required to apply for and obtain formal clearance from the MoEF before undertaking any such activity. A copy of the application is required to be submitted to the Board and in case the Board has any views or objections, the same is communicated to the MoEF.

Traders are only allowed to import hazardous wastes listed in Part D of Schedule III and for this they need to register themselves with the Board (check link provided below for list of traders registered as importers).

At present there are more than nine hundred (900) nos. hazardous waste generating units in the State. There is one(1) no. Common Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (CHWTSDF) located at Purba Srikrishnapur, Haldia, Purba Medinipur that caters to all units in the state. The CHWTSDF, named M/s West Bengal Waste Management Ltd., was developed jointly by the Haldia Development Authority (HDA) and M/s Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., a Hyderabad based company under a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The development was facilitated by the Department of Environment, Govt. of West Bengal and MoEF, Govt. of India through financial assistance of Rs. 2 crores each.

The facility started operation in the year 2006. It has an incinerator, a secured landfill site, waste stabilization unit, temporary waste storage sheds, vehicle wash area and a well-equipped laboratory. The waste handling capacity of the facility is as follows :-

Direct Landfilling – 1,20,000 TPA

Landfilling after stabilization – 60,000 TPA

Incineration – 10,800 TPA

The incinerator capacity is much higher than the incinerable wastes received from industries in the State and hence the Government of West Bengal has allowed the facility operator to collect incinerable wastes from the neighbouring state of Sikkim.

All hazardous waste generating and recycling units are required to submit manifest copies as per Form 10 of the Hazardous Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 regularly to the Board showing each movement of hazardous waste for recycling or disposal. The units are also mandated to submit Annual Returns as per Form 4 of the Hazardous Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016  on hazardous waste generation, recycling and disposal to the Board within June every year.

Used Lead Acid Batteries (LABs), which are also hazardous in nature due to the presence of lead, are regulated under the Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules, 2001 and its amendments made thereafter. Dealers of LABs are required to register themselves with the Board and also submit half yearly returns on used LAB sale and take-back as per format prescribed in the rules. Manufacturers, recyclers, bulk consumers and importers are all required to submit half yearly returns to the Board as per format prescribed in the rules

Authorised recyclers of hazardous waste

Traders registered as importers of hazardous wastes listed in Part D of Schedule III

Authorised e-waste dismantlers and recyclers

Authorised Common HW Treatment Storage & Disposal Facilities (CHWTSDF) in west Bengal

Inventory of HW generating and recycling units in West Bengal - 2011-12

Inventory of HW generating and recycling units in West Bengal - 2013-14

Inventory of HW generating and recycling units in West Bengal - 2014-15

Inventory of HW generating and recycling units in West Bengal - 2015-16


Format for submission of Annual Report on Hazardous Waste

For further information on hazardous waste Authorisation process check the webpage on Hazardous Waste Authorisation under the Section "Clearance/Consent'' on WBPCB homepage.

For further information and guidelines on hazardous waste please visit CPCB webpage http://cpcb.nic.in/Hazardous_waste.php