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Introduction The Rajkot Municipal Corporation issued a new directive on June 1, 2024, requiring all buildings and properties within the municipal limits to obtain a Building Use (BU) Certificate and Fire No Objection Certificate (NOC). This mandate is in accordance with the Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act of 1976, the Gujarat Fire Prevention…

Introduction: To bolster urban safety, the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation has issued a directive emphasizing mandatory fire safety measures for all buildings within its jurisdiction. Effective from June 1, 2024, this directive aligns with the notification by the state government’s urban development and urban housing department (GH/V/68 of 2021/AGN-102021-100-L1), mandating compliance with fire safety norms as…

Introduction The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) extended the deadline for filing quarterly and annual returns under the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2022, specifically for Waste Tyre Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), responding to industry requests. The new deadline for the Financial Year (FY) 2023-24 is now 31st August 2024,…

Introduction In response to industry requests, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change has extended the deadline for filing quarterly and annual returns under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022. The latest update of E-Waste returns extends the deadline from June 30, 2024, to August 31, 2024, aiming to address several challenges faced by recyclers…

Introduction In a recent update, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOeFCC) has provided much-needed relief to Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners (PIBOs) as well as Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs). Referencing the CPCB letter [CP-20/28/2023-UPC-II-HO-CPCB-HO-Part (1)] dated May 29, 2024, the government has extended the deadline for filing Plastic Waste Annual Return for…

Introduction The Gujarat Government Gazette, dated June 24, 2024, features significant amendments to the Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Regulations, 2023. The Urban Development and Urban Housing Department enacted these amendments to enhance fire safety protocols within the state. The changes, effective immediately, introduce new sub-regulations under Section 6 and Section 7. Key…

Introduction: On June 19, 2024, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change issued a significant amendment to the notification initially published on June 16, 2021, under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Consequently, this amendment, listed under S.O. 2409(E), introduces several critical changes aimed at improving the operations and recognition of Environmental Laboratory Standards. Key…

Introduction: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has extended the deadline for registration on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Portal for Plastic Packaging. Originally, all Producers, Importers, and Brand-Owners (PIBOs), as well as Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs), needed to complete their registration by March 31, 2024. However, the portal’s security features are undergoing updates, prompting…

Introduction: In May 2024, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) introduced significant updates to the EPR Portal for Battery Waste Management, addressing requests from producers and recyclers. These updates aim to improve data accuracy and user management. Edit Sales Data Functionality Producers can now correct sales data submitted during registration. This feature is crucial for…

Introduction: The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change introduced the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022, emphasizing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for battery producers. These rules mandate producers to oversee the lifecycle of batteries, ensuring they recycle or refurbish them properly. EPR Credits: Battery producers are now responsible for the end-of-life management of batteries, incentivizing…