CPCB has issued a significant notification, introducing the Framework for the generation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Certificate Framework under the E-Waste (Management) Rules of 2022. This framework specifically targets key metals derived from the recycling of electronic waste (E-waste).
Initiating Focus on Specific Metals
The key metals are divided into three distinct groups: Precious Metals, Non-ferrous metals, and Ferrous materials. Notably, in the initial two years of its implementation, EPR certificates will primarily center on precious metals, including Gold (Au), non-ferrous metals such as Aluminum (Al) and Copper (Cu), as well as ferrous materials, which encompass iron, steel, and galvanized iron.
Incorporating Rare Earth and Precious Materials
A remarkable feature of this framework is the inclusion of Rare Earth and other precious materials within the EPR Certificate regime. This inclusion is instrumental in promoting responsible handling and recycling of these critical resources.
Annexure I: Material Composition Insights
Annexure I, an integral part of the notification, provides valuable information about the average material composition of these key metals in terms of weight. This information serves as a vital resource for producers, aiding them in comprehending and adhering to their EPR obligations.
Flexibility for Producers
Furthermore, the framework introduces a degree of flexibility for producers. When a producer exceeds their EPR obligations for a specific key metal, such as gold, in a given financial year for a specific electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) item, they have two viable options at their disposal.
Managing Excess EPR Liability
a) Producers can opt to reduce their EPR liability for that metal in the subsequent financial year by the equivalent weight.
b) Alternatively, they have the option to purchase a reduced quantity of non-ferrous metals, proportionate to the excess EPR liability for that EEE item in the current financial year.
Sustainable E-Waste Management
In a comprehensive endeavor, this framework aims to promote responsible metal recycling, diminish the volume of electronic waste, and support sustainable management practices. It is designed to align with the E-Waste (Management) Rules of 2022, thus fostering a more environmentally conscious approach to handling electronic waste and the associated key metals.
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