Plastic Packaging Industry’s Producer Responsibility : Promoting Accountability

Introduction:

The Plastic Packaging Industry is witnessing a transformative shift towards heightened accountability through Producer Responsibility initiatives. The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, has introduced stringent guidelines on the Extended Plastic Packaging Industry’s Producer Responsibility.

These guidelines emphasize the proactive role of Producers, Importers & Brand-Owners (PIBOs), and Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs) in managing plastic waste.

Establishment of the EPR Portal:

Central to this initiative is the establishment of a centralized EPR Portal by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). This portal serves as a pivotal platform for PIBOs and PWPs to fulfill their EPR obligations and contribute towards sustainable waste management.

Current Progress and Challenges:

Since its inception on April 05, 2022, the EPR Portal has witnessed significant registration, with 36,230 PIBOs and 2351 PWPs onboard. However, a notable segment of entities continues to operate without proper registration, flouting the provisions of the PWM Rules 2016 (as amended).

Urgent Call to Action:

In response to this non-compliance, a stern notice has been issued, urging all PIBOs and PWPs to obtain registration from CPCB/State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs)/Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) by March 31, 2024. Failure to comply may result in punitive actions under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, including the imposition of Environmental Compensation and closure of operations.

Guidance and Resources:

PIBOs and PWPs play a pivotal role in the sustainable management of plastic waste. It is incumbent upon them to recognize the significance of their role and take proactive steps towards compliance. The comprehensive Guidance Manual and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) available on the EPR Portal serve as invaluable resources, aiding entities in navigating the registration process seamlessly.

Conclusion:

By adhering to the EPR guidelines and assuming their responsibilities for the Plastic Packaging Industry’s Producer Responsibility, PIBOs and PWPs contribute significantly to mitigating the environmental impact of plastic packaging. This concerted effort towards sustainable waste management underscores the industry’s commitment to a cleaner, greener future for generations to come.

Download: Plastic Packaging Industry’s Producer Responsibility 


 

Legal Update by QHSE Alert

Compliance Tracker – A Cloud-based software application

Permit to Work – A Cloud-based software application

Quality Suite – A Cloud-based Software application

Legal Library – Download Environment, Health & Safety, Labour, Human Resources Act, Rules, Forms, Schedules, Annexures and Legal Updates

Google Play Store (Android App) – EHS Legal Library


Akshar Management Consultant

+91-9909979870

contact@aksharqhse.in

www.aksharQHSE.in

e learning.aksharqhse.in

www.QHSEalert.com