Indian EPR - What do we know so far?
by Jianhong Hu at 10:01 in Packaging, Circular Economy, Environmental
To tackle the plastics waste pollution and establish a circular economy, the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has imposed mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility on Plastic packaging. The requirements were laid down in 'Guidelines on Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Packaging' published on 16th February 2022. It's worth noting that producers are already supposed to register with CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and report their plastic packaging waste collection, and recycling/recovery implementation to the authority from 2016 in accordance with the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016. Due to the lack of enforcement and public awareness, only a small portion of plastic packaging producers fulfil their obligations.
Therefore, the writers of the new EPR guidelines are determined to reshape the situation. Mandatory collection/recycling targets for each obligated party have been clarified, as well as clear reporting categories for plastic packaging. A streamlined EPR process has also been established with the help of a centralized registration/reporting portal.
What do we know so far about the new Indian EPR process?
Producers, Importers and Brand owners of 4 categories of in-scope plastic packaging are required to register through the centralized portal and submit their first annual return due by Next Financial Year 30 June, which is 30 June 2022.
If you want to learn more details about Indian EPR and what required data to expect for your registration/reporting, please contact one of our consultants at Lorax EPI today.
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