January 28, 2023
Justin Dunio / How-To Geek The European Union recently passed a rule that will require phones, tablets, and other devices to have a USB Type-C port, to cut back on proprietary chargers piling up in landfills. It’s such a good idea that other countries are now joining the party. India government officials have confirmed that…

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The European Union recently passed a rule that will require phones, tablets, and other devices to have a USB Type-C port, to cut back on proprietary chargers piling up in landfills. It’s such a good idea that other countries are now joining the party.

India government officials have confirmed that USB Type-C will be the standard charging port for mobile devices, starting in March 2025. Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh told The Economic Times, “there is a global supply chain at play when it comes to chargers, therefore we have to align ourselves with the global timeline. The objective is to reduce the number of chargers per household thereby, minimizing the amount of e-waste generated.”

As with the European Union’s new rules, the primary focus here is reducing electronic waste. If more devices use the same cables and chargers, then they can be reused across devices, instead of thrown away when a new device has a different charging method. The EU’s guidelines will go into effect on December 28, 2024, a few months before the proposed timeline for India.

India is the second-most populous country in the world (behind China), with

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