With a rise in global municipal waste, the difficulty of setting up new waste disposal facilities has increased. Burdened with the increasing waste, many Governments have adopted an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy approach under which producers are responsible for the treatment or disposal of pre-consumer as well as post-consumer wastes. Global trend is towards the extension of EPR to new products, product groups and waste streams such as Electrical appliances, Electronics, Plastics, Tyres etc.
Under the waste management regime in India, The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has recently notified the updated EPR requirements and made it applicable to the notified category of Producers of E-Waste, Plastic Packaging, Batteries and Tyres.
Therefore, in the EPR provisions, it is mandatory for the producers (including importers) to register and comply with the legal requirements of filing returns by ensuring the Environmentally safe management of wastes generated by the below mentioned waste categories.
The E-Waste (Management) Rules-2016 effective from 01.10.2016 has mandated an EPR authorization for the producers and importers of notified electronic items and their spare parts without which it is illegal to deal with electronic items for commercial purposes. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) grants the EPR authorizations for specific consumer electronics and their spare parts, this EPR authorization from CPCB is issued for the period of 5 years and the registered entity should file returns as notified in the rules.
On 16.02.2022 the Government notified the Guidelines on EPR for Plastic Packaging under the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2022 under which the Producers, Importers and Brand Owners dealing with Plastic Packaging and items packed in plastic require an EPR authorization and they are required to fulfil the criteria mentioned in the authorization.
Plastic packaging is categorised as follows:
- Rigid Plastic Packaging
- Flexible Plastic Packaging
- Multi-Layered Plastic Packaging; Compostable Plastics
Entities dealing with any of the above require to be registered with the relevant Pollution Control Boards to comply with the mandated rules.
On 22.08.2022 – Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 was announced superseding the earlier Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001. These rules apply to Producers, dealers, consumers, and entities involved in the collection, segregation, transportation, refurbishment and recycling of waste batteries and apply to all types of batteries regardless of chemistry, shape, volume, weight, material composition and use.
These rules do not apply to Batteries used in equipment connected with the protection of essential security interests including arms, ammunition, war material and those explicitly intended for military purposes and equipment designed to be sent to space.
Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2022 notified on 21st July 2022 has mandated an EPR requirement for the Producers and Importers of New tyres as well as waste tyres. Under these provisions, the notified entities now require EPR authorization for dealing with any type of tyre.
We at Andees Consulting LLP with over 25 years of experience in EXIM consulting are providing end to end services towards issuance and renewal of the EPR authorizations mandated for different categories like plastic, battery, e-waste, tyre, under relevant rules notified by MoEF&CC. Our dedicated team will assist you in the application preparation, submission and liaison with the authorities, will assist in reverting to the queries till the issuance of EPR Certificate.
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