Policy Measures and Incentives for Green Recycling of Lead in India

A study conducted by the Dr Yamini Gupt entitled “Is the Deposit Refund System for Lead Batteries in Delhi and the National Capital Region Effective” in 2012 finds that the BMHR has failed to deliver the desired results. Currently, the bulk of ULABs generated in India is being recycled by the informal sector as retailers get a higher profit from that sector. The goal of this Blacksmith Institute for Pure Earth study is to further analyze the different policy options (instruments) suggested in the previous study in order to restrict (or completely do away with) the activities of informal lead smelters and recommend changes and policy options to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the existing EPR based DRS for recycling of ULABs in India.

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