The Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2022, which took effect on July 21, 2022, through Schedule 9, have been amended to reflect the recent changes made by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change (MoEF), specifically the "Extended Producers Responsibilities (EPR) for the Waste Tyre" that were inserted through the Amendment Rules through the provision set forth for the utilization and management of Tyre waste.
Meaning of EPR for Waste Tyre
The EPR is an obligation placed on tyre manufacturers to ensure environmentally sound management of waste tires in order to safeguard the environment and public health from any harmful effects that the waste tires may have.
The EPR practices combine environmental, economic, and social factors; they offer incentives to organizations to prevent tyre waste at the source, which would harm the environment more, and to promote products that are designed to be environmentally friendly and meet public recycling and management goals.
According to the EPR regulations, the EPR mechanism holds producers accountable for how they dispose of or organize tyres that are no longer useful.