Overview of Plastic Waste and its Management
Every day, India generates enormous amounts of plastic waste. These plastic wastes need to be dealt with properly else it can have a significant negative impact. The indiscriminate disposal of the plastic wastes has caused huge environmental crisis. Therefore with a view to avert such crisis, the government introduced the plastic waste (management and handling) Regulations in 2011. In line with this, the government also introduced the plastic waste management regulations 2016.
Plastic waste management’s significance can never be undermined considering the urbanization activities. The plastic waste generated by manufacturers and by the consumers requires urgent disposal and recycling to avoid major health hazards.
Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016
The Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 was notified in March 2016. These rules apply to the manufacture, distribution, brand owners sale and use of carry bags, plastic sheets or multilayered packaging etc.
For the first time, the responsibility of waste generators was prescribed. Individual and bulk generators such as offices, commercial establishments and industries are required to segregate plastic waste at source, handover the segregated waste and pay the user fee according to the bye-laws of local bodies.
The concept of EPR was introduced under the plastic waste management rules 2016, where the onus was put on the manufacturers for the treatment, reuse, recycling or disposal of products after the consumer has used and disposed.
Overview of 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. It is based on the international environmental law principle- “Polluter pays”. This implies that the one who pollutes the environment should pay to keep the environment clean and intact. EPR transfers the economic liability of the value of the disposal from the government to the manufacturer of the trade.
What is Plastic EPR?
As per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, producers, importers and brand owners who launch their products in the market have the Extended Producers Responsibility to manage plastic waste generated by the plastic packaging of their products. They should collaborate with the local government to form a strategy to manage plastic waste generated by their products.
Responsibility of Producers
Some of the essential responsibilities of the producers are specified below:
- They need to draft an action plan for EPR and submit it to the Central Pollution Control Board or SPCB. The plan will include the type and quantities of plastic waste. Further, it should also include pre-consumer and post consumer generated waste segregated zone wise, the manner of collection and processing of plastic waste and the details of the strategic partners and supporting documents;
- When the EPR plan is approved by the central pollution control board, the producers will be responsible for collection, recycling, processing/co-processing, re-processing, logistics, disposal of the plastic waste in the manner and quantity specified in the EPR plan approved by the CPCB. They can perform such activities through their own channels or can partner with municipalities/local bodies or through any other method which can ensure traceability of the waste.
- They are required to maintain records of every activity for quarterly filings and periodic filings.
EPR Post Compliance- Plastic Waste
The post compliance can be divided into two categories-
- Half-yearly report submission- The producers, importers and brand owners need to submit their half-yearly progress on plastic waste management for every state or union territory in its EPR Action plan to the concerned State Pollution Control Board/Pollution Control Committee. Further, the producers, importers and brand owners should provide documentary proof from the respective processing facilities to demonstrate that the quantity and the type of plastic waste according to the EPR target has been treated. They should also provide the supporting papers as evidence of state by state collection of waste as per the EPR target. The half-yearly progress report has to be submitted within 15 days after the end of the relevant half-year period.
- Sales Details submission- The applicant should also submit the sales details to the State Pollution Control Board/Pollution Control Committee.
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