EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibility. As per the EPR Rules of India, EPR Registration is mandatory for producers, importers, brand owners and manufacturers that are involved in the products generating e-waste, plastic waste, battery waste or tyre waste. They need to get the EPR Certificate to compensate for the waste caused by their products in the market. This policy is based on the polluter pays principle. It supports the idea of sustainable development and keeps the waste generation of the country in check.
The producers need to get EPR Authorization and remove the waste caused by them and the same shall be reported to CPCB every year. This eases the burden from the shoulders of the central and state government as it doesn’t have to worry anymore about the effort and money that the waste management would have taken. What if one doesn't follow the EPR? Well, without EPR Certification, no entity in India to who’s its applicable can run the business activities legally and violation of rules and regulations concerning EPR can result in penalties.
What is EPR Authorization?
Approved and Issued by the Central Pollution Control Board, EPR Authorization ensures the collection, transportation, treatment, storage, disposal, or recycling, of waste in ways that are safe for the surroundings and the general public. Additionally, an EPR certificate makes sure the businesses operating in the country are diligently complying with Indian environmental laws. This way the benefits go to both the government and the businesses as the former only needs to update the regulatory framework for waste management from time to time and the latter gets relief from worries about the compliance check. Now, there are different types of waste out there with distinct components, which require separate management approaches. And that’s why, the EPR rules and regulations concerning them also vary, especially when it comes to E-Waste, Plastic Waste, Battery Waste, and Tyre Waste.