Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued a circular to ensure implementation of the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for the handling, processing, and recycling of End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) in Maharashtra.
An inspection of ELVs Recycling Facilities needed will be conducted and a report will be submitted to Joint Director (Air Pollution Control) within a period of three months.
The management of ELVs or abandoned vehicles includes collection, handling, transportation, storage, processing and channelizing materials or waste generated during processing to appropriate recycling or waste disposal facilities respectively.
The global ELV generation is estimated to be 40 million ELV per year; this accounts for 4 percent of total global automobile ownership. It is estimated that the number of vehicles to become ELV will be 2,18,95,439 by 2025.
End-of-life vehicles aim at making the dismantling and recycling of ELVs more environmentally friendly. It sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling, and recovery of the ELVs and their components. It also pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles without hazardous substances (in particular lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium), thus promoting the reuse, recyclability, and recovery of waste vehicles
The CPCB guidelines also prescribed requirements for setting up ELVs recycling facility and management of various wastes generated during de-pollution, dismantling and shredding of ELVs. The circular released by MPCB stated that the recycling facility must have to follow the CPCB guidelines so that de-pollution, dismantling and recycling activities are regulated and carried out in an environmentally sound manner in the State.
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