The use of excessive goods and resources has enabled the exploitation of them and resulted in pollution as well as intense degradation of the environment. It hereby became necessary for the proper management of the waste. Decision makers of the law expressed their concerns about the improper management of the waste that has been produced as a result. In the last ten years, the government has put more responsibility for end-of-life management on the producers of these commodities which was known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In addition, the producer has the option of assigning this duty to a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO Registration), which is compensated by the producer for used product management.
How Does PRO Manage EPR Liabilities?
Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have the option to manage their Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO Certificate) that has been acknowledged by the producer or producers in their EPR. Authorization under the E-Waste (M) Rules, 2022. A PRO applies to the Central Pollution Control Board for registration to engage in the activities that Producer Responsibility Organizations are required to carry out under the E-Waste Management Rules, 2022. It has also been clarified in the rules that the whole liability still lies against the producers and the PRO will not bear any such EPR liability.
Producer Responsibility Organization referred to as 'PRO' deals with end plastic goods management and recyclability of the goods. Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO Certification) policies were recently introduced by the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board). The increasing consumption of a range of complex durable goods over the years has caused serious environmental problems. Proper handling and management of the waste produced has been a matter of serious alarm for policymakers. The authorities recently introduced a policy for producers of these goods to be responsible for their end-of-life management. Such producers may also choose to delegate this responsibility to a third party who is authorized by the CPCB department. It involves pro authorization, pro certification, pro registration, pro license, and pro consultants. These guidelines are based on the principle of EPR (Extended producer responsibility), which makes the producers responsible for the environmental effects throughout the life-cycle of products.
Government Regulations in Respect of (PRO) Producer Responsibility Organization License
In India, the concept of PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization) is defined in two types of waste-
The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 as amended in 2022, make producers of electronic and plastic products responsible for the collection of plastic and electronic product waste. Such producers need to establish a system to collect back and recycle the waste generated due to their products.