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Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) in Maharashtra

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental protection policy aimed at reducing the total environmental impact of a product and its packaging by requiring product manufacturers to take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products, including their packaging, including take-back, recycling, and final disposal. The producer, who decides design and marketing decisions, bears the primary responsibility for EPR.

If you are Producer, Importer, Brand owner in having Obligation for Extended Producers Responsibility fulfilment in Maharashtra you may follow the below steps for Registration,

Step 1: Registration on with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) & Maharashtra State Pollution Control board (MPCB)

Step 2: Collection of Waste through authorized waste management agency

Step 3: Collection & Aggregation of Relevant Documents

Step 4: Quarterly Report Submission to CPCB

Step 5: Submission of Annual Report on Extended Producers Responsibility Liability Fulfillment.

Definition:

1.“Producer” (P) means person engaged in manufacture or import of carry bags or multilayered packaging or plastic sheets or like, and includes industries or individuals using plastic sheets or like or covers made of plastic sheets or multilayered packaging for packaging or wrapping the commodity;

2.“Importer” (I) means a person who imports plastic packaging product or products with plastic packaging or carry bags or multilayered packaging or plastic sheets or like;

3.“Brand Owner” (BO) means a person or company who sells any commodity under a registered brand label or trade mark;

4.“Post-consumer plastic packaging waste” means plastic packaging waste generated by the end-use consumer after the intended use of packaging is completed and is no longer being used for its intended purpose

5.“Pre-consumer plastic packaging waste” means plastic packaging waste generated in the form of reject or discard at the stage of manufacturing of plastic packaging and plastic packaging waste generated during the packaging of product including reject, discard, before the plastic packaging reaches the end-use consumer of the product.

 

Relevant Links: Extended Producers Responsibility Calculator, State Wise EPR Liability, Category Wise EPR Liability

The Shakti Plastic Industries is Leading Service Provider for EPR of Plastic Waste

Untouched Problem of Multi-layer Plastic Waste

Distribution of plastic consumption

According to the Central Pollution Control Board report 2019-2020, India recycles around 60% of the plastic waste generated.

40% of plastic consumption is of Flexible, Mostly  Multilayered Plastic Waste which are left littered and uncollected due to its low value.

There were no technology earlier to recycle this 40% multilayered plastic

Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, mandate the generators of plastic waste to take steps to minimize generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and hand over segregated waste in accordance with rules. The rules also mandate the responsibilities of local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers and street vendors to manage plastic waste. The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 cast Extended Producer Responsibility on Producer, Importer, and Brand Owner. Extended Producer Responsibility shall be applicable to both pre-consumer and post-consumer plastic packaging waste

Salient features of PWM Rule

  • Inclusion of Compostable plastic in this rule
  • P I BOs have to register separately if they fall under all categories
  • EPR Target slabs 25%, 70%, 100%
  • Obligation for Minimum Recycling
  • Obligation for re-using rigid plastic
  • Generation of surplus EPR Certificates, Sale & Purchase of EPR Certificates on CPCB centralized portal
  • Environment compensation

State wise Producers Responsibility