Plastic waste (signal photo)
The Union Environment Ministry has issued a draft notification for regulation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. The draft lays down the roles and responsibilities of producers, importers and brand owners, Central/State Pollution Control Boards for effective implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility. This draft, issued on October 6, will be implemented with immediate effect after it is passed.
Extended Producer Responsibility refers to the environmentally friendly management of a product by a producer till the end of its life. Manufacturers of plastic packaging under EPR obligations, all imported plastic packaging of imported products, brand owners including online platforms, marketplaces and supermarkets, micro, small and medium enterprises.
There are three types of plastic packaging under EPR, which include hard plastic packaging, single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic) plastic sheet or cover made of plastic sheet, carry bag and third multilayer plastic packaging (plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic).
The ministry has set a target of 35 per cent waste management for the first quarter of 2021-22, under Extended Producer Responsibility to producers. At the same time, it has been increased to 70 percent in 2022-23 and 100 percent in 2023-24. The draft states that producers shall ensure that the plastic waste is disposed of in the manner prescribed in Rule 5(1) (b) of the amended Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. If there is any violation in this, the provisions of section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 will come into force.
According to the Ministry of Environment, Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 should enable the generators of plastic waste to reduce it, not to spread plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and hand over the segregated waste to local bodies or its authorized agencies. gives the responsibility of. Any person can submit his suggestions or objections on the existing draft to the Ministry of Environment within 60 days.
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