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A Brief Introduction

For E-waste and plastic management, an EPR Certificate is required for Indian manufacturers and importers of products. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which is part of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC), grants EPR authorization. With EPR India approval, the manufacturer/importer of electronic or plastic and electrical products is responsible for controlling E-waste or plastic waste generated by the products after their lifetime has expired.

Extended Producer Responsibility Policies

To deal with E-Waste and Plastic Waste in India, the Extended Producer Responsibility Law was implemented.

The Extended Producer focuses on

  • According to environmental policy, the stated Producer is responsible for reducing 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.

Different Responsibilities Regarding EPR Authorization

What Are Producers' Responsibilities Regarding EPR Authorization?

  • Waste generated by "end of life" or "end of life" products is collected and channeled by producers with the same electrical and electronic equipment code.

  • Producers must offer a method for channeling e-waste from "end-of-life" goods, such as garbage collected from distributors and licensed service centers, and hazardous substances like mercury and lead must be pre-treated before being disposed of at a treatment, storage, and disposal facility.

  • Producers must mention arrangements for collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment from previously sold electrical and electronic equipment in their Extended Producers Responsibility plan, such as through a dealer, a collection center, a Manufacturers' Responsibility Organization, buy-back arrangements, an exchange scheme, or a deposit-refund system.

  • Producers must raise awareness through the media, advertisements, publications, posters, or any other forms of communication, as well as product user manuals.

What Are EPR Collection Centers' Responsibilities?

Collection centers are responsible for collecting garbage on behalf of producers and recyclers, including garbage resulting from orphaned products, and ensuring that the facility complies with the Central Pollution Board's regulations and guidelines.

What Are EPR Dealers' Responsibilities?

If the dealer has been given the responsibility of collecting on behalf of the producer, the dealer shall collect the waste by providing the consumer with a box, bin, or a demarcated area to deposit waste, or by using a take-back system, and send the collected waste to the collection center or recycler designated by the producer, while ensuring that no environmental damage occurs during storage and transportation.

What Are EPR Refurbishers Responsibilities?

Refurbisher gathers e-waste generated during the refurbishing process and routes it through its collection center to an approved dismantler or recycler, ensuring that the refurbishing process has no negative impact on human health or the environment.

What Are EPR Dismantler's Responsibilities?

The dismantleler ensures that the facility and dismantling processes follow the rules or guidelines set forth by the Central Pollution Control Board from time to time, and that non-recyclable or non-recoverable components are delivered to authorized treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.

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