Plastic EPR Registration

In the present world, there is hardly any industry devoid of plastic use. Most products used by us in our daily lives consist of some percentage of plastic material in them. It has led the world to produce approximately 430 million metric tons of plastic waste per year which is invariably increasing. India is among the top 10 producers of plastic waste in the world generating approximately 5.6 million tonnes of waste every year. These numbers are expected to surge in the upcoming years and that is why Plastic EPR (Extended Producers Responsibility) has been introduced.

 

The major concern revolving around plastic waste was addressed in the year 2016 when the Plastic Waste Management Rules were introduced. It focused on the recycling, reusing, and end-of-life disposal of plastic packaging waste. The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change made it mandatory for plastic producers and importers to work on minimising plastic waste, segregating plastic waste, and preventing plastic waste from littering the environment. Later on, in February 2022, the MoEFCC presented a comprehensive guideline on Plastic EPR and its implementation.

 

The guidelines issued by the Ministry clearly stated that all plastic waste producers, importers, and brand owners (PIBOs) must sign in for Plastic EPR Registration. Adherence to the Plastic Waste Management Rules is also mandatory for all PIBOs. Fostering these rules has become a necessity to tackle this global cause impacting the environment and lives miserably. The Plastic EPR Registration and PWM (Plastic Waste Management) Rules have emerged as a beacon of hope towards a sustainable and greener future.

 

Significance of Plastic EPR (Extended Producers Responsibility) Registration

This registration states that the producers, importers and brand owners of plastic products take complete responsibility throughout their life cycle to reduce its impact on the environment, human lives, animals, and sea creatures. This registration has become mandatory as stated above and the Central Pollution Control Board is itself looking at its compliance. However, to understand it in a better way, it is essential to explore its significance.

Adherence to the PWM (Plastic Waste Management) Rules :-  Compliance with the Plastic Waste Management Rules formulated by the Indian government is mandatory and EPR registration helps in ensuring that. In case of non-compliance with these mandates and policies can result in legal actions and penalties. EPR Registration helps in binding PIBO’s to strictly follow all the PWM Rules and operate within the bounds of law.

Contribution towards a sustainable environment: – Plastic waste is a major threat to the environment and it causes harmful effects on our ecosystem. The presence of EPR Registration helps in encouraging PIBOs to minimise plastic packaging, reusing & recycling plastic waste, and adopting alternatives to plastic. Being bound to take the responsibility of plastic products till their end-of-life has made producers act efficiently and responsibly towards the collection of plastic waste and recycling it. It promotes sustainability through these steps and helps save the environment from landfill.
 
Building positive brand reputation – With the growth in the awareness towards plastic recycling programmes, consumers have become conscious when it comes to choosing the brand. They are prioritizing brands that offer sustainable products or are adhering to the sustainable practices and addressing environmental concerns through their products. EPR Registration showcases the brand’s and producer’s commitment towards corporate social & environmental responsibility. Participation in EPR programs can enhance the brand reputation by building a positive brand image.
 
Saving Cost and resources – EPR Registration is considered crucial when it comes to saving cost as it offers multiple opportunities for resource conservation. PIBO’s can consciously act on waste management practices which leads to reduction in expenses required for waste disposal. EPR is also encouraging producers to optimize and recycle plastic waste and extend the lifespan of plastic further. Implementing these practices help save cost spend on virgin resources. It helps producers explore opportunities through reusing and recycling of plastic waste.

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Plastic EPR Registration – Key Documents

    While applying for the Plastic Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the producers are required to present some key documents for Plastic EPR Registration. The documents are:
  • Business Address Verification Document
  • Contact Details and Product Details
  • Authorized Person’s Documents and Details
  • PAN Card Copy
  • Manufacturer/Producer/Exporter Legal Papers
  • Directorate of Industries
  • Incorporation Certificate
  • Municipal Corporation/Local Authorities Certificate
  • IE Code Verification
  • RoHS Compliance Details
  • BIS License (If available)
  • Recycler’s Information
  • Plastic Waste Management Estimate
  • EPR Budget
  • EPR Plan
  • Details of Awareness Initiatives
  • Copy of Agreements

The list of these key documents is subject to change as required by CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board). The requirement of the documents may also vary depending on the area of the business and the kind of plastic waste produced by PIBOs.

 

Plastic EPR Registration Fees

 

The fees for the plastic EPR Registration solely depends on the kind of plastic waste and the size of waste produced by manufacturers & producers annually. Fees can be revised through the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) or government bodies.