Samsung Group: Disregard of Extended Producer Responsibility concerning e-waste

In India, Samsung disregarded the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) under the state’s electronic waste rules. Samsung did not create a well functioning system for collecting e-waste from consumers over the two-year time period given.1 The development of an e-waste recycling programme is critical, as about 50 million tons of e-waste is produced each year and most of it ends up in countries like India. The dismantling of e-waste has impacts on the environment and the health of workers in the informal sector as it contains high levels of toxic substances such as lead.2


  1. Sharma, V. (2014): Top firms perform dismally on e-waste management: Report; The Tribune, 25 June: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140626/biz.htm#2 (accessed 25.09.2014) []
  2. Galagher, S. (2014): India: the rising tide of ewaste; Pulitzer Centre, 16 January: http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/asia-india-electronic-waste-toxic-environment (accessed 15.10.2014) []

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