P-Waste, also known as plastic waste, is a significant environmental concern in India, and the country has implemented regulations to address its management. The EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) concept is also applicable to P-Waste in India, as per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Under the rules, producers, manufacturers, and importers of plastic products and packaging materials are responsible for ensuring their environmentally sound management, including their collection, segregation, and disposal at the end of life. To fulfill their EPR obligations, these entities are required to obtain authorization from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
To obtain EPR authorization for P-Waste, producers, manufacturers, and importers are required to submit an application to the CPCB along with the necessary documents and fees. The CPCB then reviews the application and grants authorization if it is found to be in compliance with the rules.
Once authorized, the entities are responsible for implementing P-Waste management plans, setting up collection systems, and ensuring that P-Waste is collected, transported, and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. They are also required to submit an annual report to the CPCB detailing their P-Waste management activities.
Failure to obtain EPR authorization for P-Waste can result in penalties and fines under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Therefore, it is important for producers, manufacturers, and importers of plastic products and packaging materials to obtain EPR authorization and comply with the regulations to ensure the sustainable management of P-Waste in India.
Required Documents for EPR P-Waste are: