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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

  Oct 29, 2021

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Q What is the context  ?

A The Environment Ministry has issued draft rules that mandate producers of plastic packaging material to collect all of their produce by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of it be recycled as well as used in subsequent supply.

Q What is EPR?

Q What are the new EPR rules for Plastic Waste?

A (A) Plastic packaging

  1. Rigid plastic
  2. Flexible plastic packaging of single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic), plastic sheets and covers made of plastic sheet, carry bags (including carry bags made of compostable plastics), plastic sachet or pouches
  3. Multi-layered plastic packaging which has at least one layer of plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic.

(B) Ineligible plastics for EPR

Q What are the Targets for recycling ?

A

Effects on non-compliance

Q What are Challenges in mandatory EPR ?

A There are several challenges faced by both producers and bulk consumers that hinder proactive participation.

Q What can be Way forward ?