Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has released a new notification for the removal of difficulties in the implementation of EPR guidelines.
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a strategy to add all of the estimated environmental costs associated with a product throughout the product life cycle to the market price of that product, contemporarily mainly applied in the field of waste management. Extended producer responsibility legislation is a driving force behind the adoption of remanufacturing initiatives because it “focuses on the end-of-use treatment of consumer products and has the primary aim to increase the amount and degree of product recovery and to minimize the environmental impact of waste materials”.
As per section 6.1(a) of the EPR Guidelines, “The following entities shall register on the centralized portal developed by Central Pollution Control Board namely: (i) Producer (P); (ii) Importer (I); (iii) Brand owner (BO); (iv) Plastic Waste Processor (PWP) engaged in (a) recycling, (b) waste to energy, (c) waste to oil, and (iv) industrial composting” and as per Section 11.1 of the EPR Guidelines, “All plastic waste processors shall have to register with concerned State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee in accordance with provision 13(3) of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 on the centralized portal developed by Central Pollution Control Board. Central Pollution Control Board shall lay down the uniform procedure for registration within three months of the publication of these guidelines”.
A few Industry Associations and representatives have brought certain issues concerning the implementation of the EPR framework and portal to the notice of MoEFCC and CPCB. These have been examined and accordingly some measures are taken for the “Removal of Difficulties” and to facilitate the effective implementation of EPR Guidelines. To know what measures have been taken, click on the below-given link.
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