Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a policy strategy and an activity in which producers take responsibility for the organization of the disposal of things they manufacture once they are deemed no longer useful by customers. Environmental, economic, and social concerns all play a role in extended producer responsibility (EPR) activities. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) transfers the government's economic burden for disposal costs to the product's manufacturer. Producers, Importers or Brand Owners of Electronics and plastic packaging are assigned financial and/or physical responsibility for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer items under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
Who Requires to Register for EPR authorization?
As per the Ewaste management rules 2016 and Plastic waste management rules 2022, the EPR Authorization is applicable to those entities who are producing, importing, or brand owners of electronics goods or plastic packaging. Here, Producers are the parties who initially place a product subject to EPR program standards within the applicable jurisdiction, either via domestic manufacturing or through importation.
What is EPR Plastic Authorization?
In India as per the recent amendment issued under Plastic Management rules, any Importer, Producer, or Brand owner of plastic packaging falls under the purview of EPR authorization. The Packaging comprises both "primary packing," which refers to the physical product itself, and "secondary packaging," which refers to the container in which the product is sent. Merchants are regarded as producers in the Packaging product category if they first place packaging products loaded with commodities that are generally collected as waste with ultimate private customers on a commercial basis on the appropriate local market. As a result, merchants are deemed producers if their products comprise any sort of packaging (even supplementary packaging for transportation to the final buyer).
What is EPR E-Waste Authorization?
According to E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 Extended Producer Responsibility means the responsibility of any producer of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelization of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise implementing a take-back system or setting up collection centers or both and having agreed arrangements with authorized dismantler or recycler either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organization recognized by the producer.
Extended Producer Responsibility Policies
Extended producer in India to cope with E-Waste and Plastic Waste, responsibility was established.
The Extended Producer emphasizes:-
- According to environmental policy, the stated Producer is responsible for decreasing environmental impact and managing the product and its waste over the product's entire life cycle.
- The Central Pollution Control Board has been mandated by Rule 13 (1) (Management) Rules, 2016 to grant, renew, or refuse Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) -Authorization to Producers.
- The Central Pollution Control Board has issued guidance on the implementation of EPR, including precise instructions for producers and other stakeholders on authorizing, channeling, collection, storage, transportation, environmentally sound disassembly, recycling, and refurbishing.
Role of EPR Authorization
Following are the main aims of EPR:
- To cover the costs of the products' end-of-life
- To provide incentives for eco-design
- To achieve resource efficiency
- To assure that recycling is of high quality