Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
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At the international level, the concern for restricting transboundary movement of hazardous wastes is reflected in the Basel Convention (1989) and subsequent follow-up activities.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in India refers to a policy framework that holds manufacturers, importers, and brand owners responsible for the entire lifecycle management of their products, including post-consumer waste. The concept was introduced as part of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and has since been expanded to cover other types of waste as well.
In the context of India, EPR aims to tackle the growing problem of waste management and promote a more sustainable approach to production and consumption. The responsibility is placed on the producers to manage and dispose of the waste generated by their products in an environmentally sound manner. This includes designing products with recyclability in mind, setting up collection and recycling mechanisms, and ensuring proper disposal of non-recyclable waste.
The EPR framework in India covers various sectors, including plastics, electronic waste (e-waste), batteries, packaging waste, and more. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is responsible for formulating and implementing guidelines for EPR in different sectors.
Under the EPR system, producers are required to fulfill certain obligations, such as:
Setting up collection systems
Producers need to establish collection mechanisms or tie-up with authorized recyclers or collection agencies to ensure the proper collection of their products' waste.
Recycling and resource recovery
Producers are responsible for facilitating the recycling or proper disposal of collected waste. They may have to establish recycling facilities, collaborate with recyclers, or support the development of recycling infrastructure.
Awareness and education
Producers are encouraged to raise awareness among consumers about proper waste management, recycling, and the importance of responsible consumption.
Producers may be required to contribute financially to support waste management initiatives, including the setup and operation of recycling facilities and collection systems.
The EPR framework in India aims to create a more sustainable and circular economy by reducing waste generation, promoting recycling, and encouraging responsible consumption. It aligns with the government's Swachh Bharat (Clean India) initiative and its commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to waste management and environmental sustainability.
To ensure effective implementation of EPR, regulatory bodies and state pollution control boards monitor compliance, conduct audits, and enforce penalties for non-compliance. The ultimate goal is to achieve a more sustainable waste management system, reduce the burden on landfills, conserve resources, and protect the environment.