Metal Recycling Authority

Metal Recycling Authority

  • An authority will be established by the Government of India by June 2021 to promote the recycle of many non-ferrous metals aluminum, zinc, lead and copper found in India.
  • This will encourage recycling of metals like aluminum, copper, zinc and lead. It is to be known that these non-ferrous metals are widely used in such fields as automotive, electrical etc.
  • In addition, it is estimated that “National Non-Ferrous Metal Recycling Framework” has been issued by the Ministry of Mines for scrap collection, with a focus on regulating and dismantling units.
  • This authority will have 6 Rs’ which are as follows {Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacture} on which principles it will work.
  • This authority will monitor the determination, certification and procedural standards of quality standards for recycling.
  • According to a report by NITI Aayog, the metal recycling rate in India is much lower than the global standards. In addition, recycling is mostly conducted in the informal sector.

Recycling Challenges:

  • A report by NITI Aayog says that the rate of recycling of various metals in India is lower than its rate in the world. After the use of metals, it can be possible to use them again, which is possible through the process of recycling.
  • Lack of an organized recovery mechanism, lack of standardization of recycled products, lack of specific skill components, etc.

Benefits from Metal Recycling:

  • Because India’s mineral rich areas are under dense forests and inhabited by indigenous communities, so due to displacement and loss of livelihood extraction leads to conflicts. Hence the solution can be found in this way.
  • The reduced pressures from mining will help to reduce the ecological degradation and the reduced waste generation will not only reduce pollution associated with disposal but also save related costs.
  • Indian companies in the manufacturing sector can save up to Rs. 60,855 million by implementing resource efficiency measures, which will improve competitiveness and profitability.
  • Recycling and adoption of related new methods can give rise to the need to set up completely new industries which can contribute significantly to employment generation.

Source – Indian Express

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