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EPR Authorisation (Plastic Waste)

Plastic has many uses, and due to its physical and chemical properties leads to huge commercial use and success. The indiscriminate disposal of plastic has, however, become a major environmental threat. In particular, plastic carrying bags are the main

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Introduction

Plastic has many uses, and due to its physical and chemical properties leads to huge commercial use and success. The indiscriminate disposal of plastic has, however, become a major environmental threat. In particular, plastic carrying bags are the main contributors to littered waste and, every year, millions of plastic bags end up in the atmosphere vis-à-vis the soil, water bodies, rivers, etc it takes an average of one thousand years to decompose completely. Therefore, the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Regulations, 2011 were notified in 2011, which included plastic waste management, to tackle the problem of scientific plastic waste management. In violation of the earlier Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Regulations, 2011 the government notified the Plastic Waste Management Regulations, 2016.


PLASTIC- means a material which contains as an necessary ingredient a high polymer such as high density polyethylene , vinyl , polyethylene , terephthalate , polypropylene , polystyrene, multi materials like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene , Polyphenylene oxide , polycarbonate , Polybutylene Terephyhalate.

Categories of Extended Producer Responsibilities:

Category 1- Rigid Plastic packaging

Category 2- Flexible plastic packaging of multilayer or single layer (multilayer means more than one layer with different types of plastic) plastic sheets or like and covers made of plastic sheet, carry bags, plastic sheet or pouch.

Category 3-Multilayered plastic packaging

Category 4- Plastic sheet or like used for packaging as well as carry bags made of compostable plastic

Objective of Extended Producer Responsibility

According to the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, it is the obligation of waste producers/importers to appropriately dispose of or recycle post-consumer E-waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (E.P.R.) is an environmental and economic strategy to manage a product's lifecycle.

EPR refers to the producer's obligation for managing the disposal of products once they have been declared as no longer useful by customers. It's a producer's commitment to make it easier for end-of-life, post-consumer trash to be collected and recycled. The goal is to create a system that takes care of material collection, segregation, and transportation to a waste disposal facility. On the basis of quality and affordability, these materials can also be used in cement kilns, pyrolysis, road building, and recycling centres. Waste generators, such as brand owners/producers, must collect end-of-life waste generated by their operations. This obligation is met by waste recyclers that have been authorised by the Central Pollution Control board for in this regard. This provides financial incentives to brands to build marketplaces for reuse, buy-back, and recycling of materials. Companies can also entrust this task to a third-party.

  • Increase the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags from 40 to 50 microns and specify a minimum thickness of 50 microns for plastic sheets also to encourage the collection and recycling of plastic waste
  • Extend the applicability jurisdiction from municipal to rural areas, since plastic has also reached rural areas
  • Introduction of system collecting back of plastic waste by producers/brand owners, as per extended producer responsibility.
  • Promoting the use of plastic waste for road construction according to the guidelines of the Indian Road Congress or energy recovery, or waste to oil, etc. for the profit-making use of waste and also addressing the issue of waste disposal; entrusting further responsibility to waste generators, namely payment of user fees as prescribed by local authorities, collection and transfer of waste by the institutional generator, event organizer

Applicability

Applicability:

i. Manufacturer

ii. Producers

iii. Recyclers

iv. Brand owner


Responsibilities of Producers, Importers, Brand Owners

The producers must develop waste collection system modalities based on Extended Producers Responsibility and including State Urban Development Departments, either separately or jointly,

The production and usage of multi-layered plastics that are not recyclable, energy-recoverable, or have no alternative plastic use, if any, should be phased out within two years;

The producer must apply to the Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee, as deem appropriate, of the States or the Union Territories within three months of the date these rules were finally published in the Official Gazette for registration

Every producer shall maintain detailed records of the person who is engaged in supply of plastic used as raw material to manufacture carry bags and related stuff.


Any person shall produce carrying bags or recycle plastic bags or multi-layered packaging unless the person has, as the case may be, obtained a certificate from the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee of the Union Territory concerned before production begins

For the purpose of registration or for renewal of registration, make an application to the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee of the Union territory concerned

Every producer shall apply in Form I, every manufacturer shall apply in Form III & every person recycling or processing shall apply in Form-II.

Pre-requisite:

The State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee shall not renew the registration of producer unless the producer possesses an action plan endorsed by the Secretary in charge of Urban Development of the concerned State or Union Territory for the setting of the plastic waste management system

Responsibilities of Producers, Importers, Brand Owners

The producers must develop waste collection system modalities based on Extended Producers Responsibility and including State Urban Development Departments, either separately or jointly,

The production and usage of multi-layered plastics that are not recyclable, energy-recoverable, or have no alternative plastic use, if any, should be phased out within two years;

The producer must apply to the Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee, as deem appropriate, of the States or the Union Territories within three months of the date these rules were finally published in the Official Gazette for registration

Every producer shall maintain detailed records of the person who is engaged in supply of plastic used as raw material to manufacture carry bags and related stuff.

Procedure of EPR

STEP 1: Fill the requisite form that forms I, II or III as per the kind of business

STEP 2: Attach all the required attachment with forms

STEP 3: Documents should be signed by an authorized person

STEP 4: Submit the form to the concern SPCB or pollution board

STEP 5: Do the liasoning with concern department

STEP 6: IF the form is proper and fine the department will grant the certificate

 

 

Documents for EPR Registration

1. Aadhar card of the authorized person

2. PAN copy of the authorized person

3. GST certificate of organization

4. Rent/lease/ proof of ownership

5. Factory license/trade license

6. Electricity bill

7. Layout/plan of the unit

8. CIN(certificate of incorporation) in case of company/LLP

9. Memorandum Of Association (MOA)

10. Articles of Association (AOA)

11. Board resolution for appointing an authorized person

 

Benefits of EPR registration

Benefits of EPR registration

Holders of EPR registrations have access to the following advantages;

  • increased market reputation as a result of commitment to eliminate  e-waste
  • access to a comprehensive framework that guarantees affordable and efficient handling of e-waste
  • Improve coordination with allied units when processing e-waste.
  • Create a trustworthy reputation for the global market
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