EPR Authorization for Plastic Waste Management
Every day, India generates tons of plastic waste. If these wastes are not dealt with properly then it can have a significant negative impact. The indiscriminate disposal of the plastic wastes has caused huge environmental crisis. Therefore the government introduced the plastic waste (management and handling) Regulations in 2011 which consisted of the plastic waste management. In line with this, the government also introduced the plastic waste management regulations 2016. EPR authorization is necessary to deal in plastic waste management.
Harmful Effects of the Plastic Waste
Indiscriminate littering of plastic waste and its unskilled recycling/re-processing can raise the following environmental issues:
What do you mean by EPR?
Extended Producer Responsibility is a policy method wherein the producers take the responsibility for organization of the products disposal that they produce once the products are deemed to be not useful for consumers. EPR transfers the economic liability of the value of the disposal from the government to the manufacturer of the trade.
Applicability of EPR in Plastic Waste Management
EPR in Plastic Waste Management applies to:
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Responsibility of local bodies, gram Panchayat, producers, importer and brand owners
Local bodies- It shall be responsible for creating and establishing plastic waste segregation, collection, storage, processing, transportation, and disposal system on its own or by engaging any agency or manufacturers.
Gram Panchayat- Every gram panchayat, on its own or by engaging an agency is required to set up, operate and organize waste management in the rural area and perform related functions like:
Producers, importer and brand owners- Producers within 6 months from the date of publication of the rules should work out modalities for waste collection system based on the EPR and involving state urban development departments, individually or collectively, through their own distribution channel or through the concerned local body. Every producer should maintain details of the person engaged in supply of plastic used as a raw material to manufacture carry bags/plastic sheet or cover made of plastic sheet or multi-layered packaging.
Manufacture and use of multi-layered plastic that is non-recyclable or non-energy recoverable or without any alternate use of plastic, must be phased out as earliest. The producer as per CPCB guidelines from the final publication date of these rules in the official gazette needs to apply to the pollution control board or to the pollution control committee of the states or the UT administration concerned for the grant of registration.
No producer can, after the expiry of six months period from the date of final publication of these rules, manufacture or use any plastic or multilayered packaging for packing commodities without registration from the state pollution control board or pollution control committees and every producer is required to maintain a record of the person who is engaged in the supply of plastic used as raw material to manufacture carry bags/plastic sheet or cover made of plastic sheet or multi-layered packaging.
How to obtain EPR Authorization for Plastic Waste Management?
The following process can be followed to obtain EPR Authorization for Plastic Waste Management:
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