What is EPR?
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an implementation plan where the producer of EEE* gives its detailed plan for achieving targets and details out the mechanism for collection and channelisation of e-waste generated by the producer.
The EPR plan requires estimating the quantity of E-waste generated from their end-of-life products, outlining a scheme for collection and channelisation of their end-of-life products to authorised dismantlers/recyclers, budget estimation, creating awareness, compliance and submission of documents.
Who is covered under EPR?
Extended Producer Responsibility is the responsibility of every producer of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) for channelisation of e-waste to an authorised dismantler / recycler to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste.
EPR authorisation is mandatory and has to be obtained by all the producers including importers, e-retailers, on-line sellers of EEE covered in E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016.
How to implement an EPR plan?
A producer can implement its EPR either through take-back system or by setting up collection centres, or both. Producers are required to have arrangements with authorised dismantlers/recyclers through a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) in their EPR Plan which is approved by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
*EEE - Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Selling or placing of EEE in the market by any producer without EPR Authorisation is considered as violation of the Rules and attracts provisions under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
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