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Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR)

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Authorization | EPR License | EPR Certificate From Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), is an exercise and a policy method in which Producers take accountability for the organization of the disposal of products they create Produce once those products are designated as no longer useful by consumers.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) practices comprise a combination of environmental, economic, and social factors. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) transferences the economic liability of the cost of disposal from the government to the manufacturer of the product.

Extended Producer Responsibility Policies

In India Extended producer Responsibility came into frame to deal With E-Waste & Plastic Waste

Extended Producer gives emphasis on

  • As per environmental policy, stated Producer has the responsibility, for reducing environmental impact and managing the product and their waste, are extended to across the whole life cycle of the product
  • As per Rule 13 (1)  (Management) Rules, 2016Central pollution control board has been mandated to grant, renew or refuse Extended producers responsibility(EPR) -Authorization to Producers
  • Central pollution control board has made direction on the implementation of EPR which includes specific direction for Producers and other stakeholders for extended producer responsibility (EPR) Authorization, channelization, collection, storage, transportation, environmentally sound dismantling, recycling, and refurbishment.  

Type of EPR Authorization

EPR In E-Waste Management

Producers of electrical or electronics equipment, are held accountable to manage E-Waste Management and handlings after its End of life. As per environmental policy, stated producer has the responsibility, for reducing environmental impact and managing the product and their waste, are extended to across the whole life cycle of the product. CPCB has made direction on implementation of E-Waste, which includes Authorization, channelization, collection, storage, transportation, environmentally sound dismantling, recycling, and refurbishment.

EPR In Plastic Waste Management

According to Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 Extended Producer Responsibility’ means the responsibility of a producer for the environmentally sound management of the product until the end of its life to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise of implementing take back system or setting up of collection centres, dismantler or recycler either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organization recognized by producer.

Procedure for Evaluation of Grant / Renewal / Refusal of EPR Authorization

The producer, brand owner ,manufacturer, recycler, refurbisher  can make online application at Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) web Portal , state pollution control board web portal respectively  along with required attachment or by submitting hard copies of application in Form-I along with required documents, the applicant is required to check all the documents before filing.

Verification of application

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) or State pollution control board may verify and investigate the given information within 25 days of receipt of application.

Authorization for Extended Procedure’s Responsibility (EPR)

Central pollution control board or State pollution control board after verifying given document and satisfied with extended producers responsibility plan shall grant extended producers responsibility authorization in Form no 1(AA) within a period of one hundred and twenty days from receipt of application.


Note: The Extended Producers Responsibility authorization shall be valid for a period of five years.

What Are The Responsibilities of Producers For EPR Authorization?

  • Producers accountable for collection and channelization of waste generated from “end of life” or “end of life” products with same electrical and electronic equipment code
  • Producers make a mechanism used for channelization of e-waste from “end of life” products including wasted collected from the distributor and authorized service centres.
  • Producer responsible for disposal in treatment, storage and disposal facility, a pre-treatment is necessary for hazardous substances such as mercury, lead
  • Producers must mention arrangements for collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment from the electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market earlier, such as through dealer, collection centre, Producers’ Responsibility Organization, through buy-back arrangements, exchange scheme, deposit-refund system in Extended Producers Responsibility plan.
  • Producers provide contact details such as address, email id, toll-free telephone number or helpline number to consumer or bulk consumer through their website
  • Producers have to organize awareness program and create awareness through media, advertisement, publication, poster or by any other means of communication and product user documentation accompanying the equipment.

What Are The Responsibilities of EPR Collection Centres?

Collection centres are responsible to collect waste on behalf of producer, recycler including those arising from orphaned products and ensure that the facility in accordance with the standards or guidelines issued by Central pollution Board.

What Are The Responsibilities of EPR Dealers?

In the case the dealer has been given the responsibility of collection on behalf of the producer, the dealer shall collect the waste by providing the consumer a box, bin or a demarcated area to deposit waste, or through take-back system and send the collected to collection centre or recycler as designated by producer and ensure that no damage is caused to the environment during storage and transportation of.

What Are The Responsibilities of EPR Refurbisher?

Refurbisher collects e-waste generated during the process of refurbishing and channelize the waste to authorized dismantler or recycler through its collection center and ensure that the refurbishing process does not have any adverse effect on the health and the environment.

What Are The Responsibilities of EPR Dismantler?

The dismantler ensures that the facility and dismantling processes are in accordance with the standards or guidelines prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board from time to time and ensure that non-recyclable or non-recoverable components are sent to authorized treatment storage and disposal facilities.

Documents required for EPR Authorization

Documents required for EPR Authorization For Proprietary/LLP/OPC & Partnership Entity

  • Proprietor/Authorized Signatory KYC
  • GST Certificate
  • Rent/Lease/proof of ownership of site
  • IEC Code
  • Excel Sheet detail of items imported

Documents required for EPR Authorization For Private Limited and Public Limited Company 

  • All the above
  • Certificate of Incorporation (CIN)
  • MOA
  • Company PAN Card
  • Board Declaration for Authorized Signatory 

E-waste Management Authorization/License

E-waste Management Authorization | Procedure | Documentation | Categories | Targets for E-waste Management Organizations

According to E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 an e-waste means electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes.

What is E-Waste Management?

According to E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 Extended Producer Responsibility’ means responsibility of any producer of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelization of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise of implementing take back system or setting up of collection centers or both and having agreed arrangements with authorized dismantler or recycler either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organization recognized by producer.

Who needs a E-Waste Management Authorization?

Every producer, manufacturer, refurbisher, dismantler or recycler of electrical and electronic equipment has to obtain a registration from the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee of the Union Territory concerned.

The E-Waste  rules  apply to every manufacturer, producer, consumer, bulk consumer, collection centres, dealers, e-retailer, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler involved in manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, collection, storage and processing of e-waste or electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I, including their components, consumables, parts and spares which make the product operational but shall not apply to – 

(a) used lead acid batteries as covered under the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 made under the Act;
(b) micro enterprises as defined in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006); and
(c) radio-active wastes as covered under the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 (33 of 1962) and rules made there under.

Responsibilities of the Manufacturer

  • Collect e-waste generated during the manufacture of any electrical and electronic equipment and channelise it for recycling or disposal;
  • Apply for an authorisation in the concerned State Pollution Control Board, which shall give the authorisation
  • Ensure that no damage is caused to the environment during storage and transportation of e-waste;
  • Maintain records of the e-waste generated, handled and disposed
  • File annual returns, to the concerned State Pollution Control Board on or before the 30th day of June following the financial year to which that return relates.

Responsibilities of the Producer

  • The producer of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I shall be responsible for implementing the Extended Producers Responsibility
  • To provide information on the implementation of Deposit Refund Scheme to ensure collection of end-of-life products and their channelization to authorised dismantlers or recyclers.
  • The import of electrical and electronic equipment shall be allowed only to producers having Extended Producer Responsibility authorisation
  • Maintaining records of the e-waste handled and make such records available for scrutiny by the Central Pollution Control Board or the concerned State Pollution Control Board
  • Filing annual returns to the Central Pollution Control Board on or before the 30th day of June following the financial year to which that return relates.

Responsibilities of Collection Centres

  • Collect e-waste on behalf of producer or dismantler or recycler or refurbisher including those arising from orphaned products; Provided the collection centres established by producer can also collect e-waste on behalf of dismantler, refurbisher and recycler including those arising from orphaned products
  • Ensure that the facilities are in accordance with the standards or guidelines issued by Central Pollution Control Board from time to time;
  • Ensure that the e-waste collected by them is stored in a secured manner till it is sent to authorised dismantler or recycler as the case may be;
  • Maintain records of the e-waste handled as per the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board and make such records available for scrutiny by the Central Pollution Control Board or the concerned State Pollution Control Board as and when asked for.

Responsibilities of Dealers

  • In the case the dealer has been given the responsibility of collection on behalf of the producer, the dealer shall collect the e-waste by providing the consumer a box, bin or a demarcated area to deposit e-waste, or through take back system and send the e-waste so collected to collection centre or dismantler or recycler as designated by producer;
  • Every dealer shall ensure that the e-waste thus generated is safely transported to authorised dismantlers or recyclers
  • Ensure that no damage is caused to the environment during storage and transportation of e-waste.

Responsibilities of Consumer or Bulk Consumer

  • Bulk consumers of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I shall maintain records of e-waste generated by them and make such records available for scrutiny by the concerned State Pollution Control Board
  • Bulk consumers of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I shall file annual returns, to the concerned State Pollution Control Board on or before the 30th day of June following the financial year

Responsibilities of the Dismantler

  • Obtain authorisation from the concerned State Pollution Control Board
  • Maintain record of e-waste collected, dismantled and sent to authorised recycler

Responsibilities of the Recycler

  • Obtain authorisation from concerned State Pollution Control Board
  • Make available all records to the Central Pollution Control Board or the concerned State Pollution Control Board for inspection
  • Maintain record of e-waste collected, dismantled, recycled and sent to authorised recycler
  •  File annual returns to the concerned State Pollution Control Board

What is EPR in Plastic Waste Management?

Introduction

What is EPR in Plastic Waste Management?

India is believed to generate 25,00 tons of plastic waste every day. So much that plastic is entering in the food chain. This can alter human hormones and cause life-threatening diseases. Thus, it is imperative for governments to step up and enforce laws to combat this crisis. For this Government introduces the term Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in 2016 Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 defines the Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR), as responsibility of a producer for the environmentally sound management of the product until the end of its life.

Who Need an EPR in Plastic Waste Management?

Every Producer, Brand Owner, recyclers and Manufacturer of plastic has to obtain a registration from the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee of the Union Territory concerned.

The Plastic Waste Management rules apply to every waste generator, local body, Gram Panchayat, manufacturer, Importers and producer of Plastic Materials

Procedure to Apply for Plastic Waste Management Authorization / License

  • Apply Online /offline for Plastic Waste Management Registration.
  • Attach the Required documents
  • Submit the form to the concerned Authoroities
  • Liasoning with concern departments.
  • If application & documents found to be satisfied by Govt. officials
  • License / certificate issued.

Responsibility of producers, Importers and Brand Owners

  • The producers, within a period of six months from the date of publication of rules, shall work out modalities for waste collection system based on Extended Producers Responsibility and involving State Urban Development Departments, either individually or collectively, through their own distribution channel or through the local body concerned;
  • Every producer shall maintain a record of details of the person engaged in supply of plastic used as raw material to manufacture carry bags or plastic sheet or like or cover made of plastic sheet or multi-layered packaging.

Marking or labelling

  • Each plastic carry bag and multi-layered packaging shall have the following information printed in English namely,
  1. Name, registration number of the manufacturer and thickness in case of carry bag
  2. Name and registration number of the manufacturer in case of multi-layered packaging
  3. Name and certificate number in case of carry bags made from compostable plastic 

FAQ

The Weights and Measures Registration is granted by Legal Metrology office after successful safety testing of the product as per notified Indian Standard and furnishing of necessary documents.

What is EPR Authorization or What is EPR Certificate?

E Waste Management license or EPR Certificate, full form, Extended Producer Responsibility / EPR Authorisation certificate is a mandatory authorization for producers from electronic sectors. The term, Electronic Waste Management, means disposing electronic waste in a manner that doesn’t have any negative impact on the environment. For technological waste management license, the E wastes should be recycled which might include the following:

  1. Personal computers
  2. Laptops
  3. battery
  4. Chargers
  5. Mini computer
  6. mainframe
  7. washing machine
  8. other products that have electrical circuit in them.

You have to dispose the electronic wastes as per the guidelines set by the Central Pollution Control Board. And once you show that you can, you’re granted the E Waste Management or EPR License.

EPR Certificate means accepting the responsibility of dealing the electronic wastes. That’s why, just the electronic companies, but EPR certification is also suitable for E waste management companies; businesses that specifically deal with managing electronic wastes.

Other than the e waste management companies, EPR certificate for import in India – another rendition EPR certificate India is issued to those who import e waste from other countries. 

That said, to show that you can deal with the electronic dregs, you have to take on the legal procedure for seeking EPR Authorization. The EPR License process is jarring, and if not handled correctly, can take a long time.

But you don’t have to worry about taking on that challenge on your own. Registrationwala is a team of business registration experts who have helped many, get their EPR Licenses.

Required Documents

Following are the documents required to acquire the extended producer Responsibility certificate.

  1. Address proof
  2. Legal documents of Manufacturer/exporter
    1. Certificate of Incorporation
    2. IE Code
    3. Directorate of industries
    4. Certificate by Municipal corporations or local bodies if applicable
  3. Contact details
  4. Copy of PAN card
  5. Details and documents of the authorized person signing the documents (Aadhar Card)
  6. Details of the products including model numbers and import history
  7. Copy of BIS License (if applicable)
  8. Details of RoHS compliance (Reduction of Hazardous wastes)
  9. Details of the recycler
  10. Estimation of E-waste
  11. The estimated budget on the Electronic Producer Responsibility
  12. Details of the awareness programme to make folks aware of the waste management
  13. EPR Plan
  14. Copy of agreement with the collection centres, dealers, recyclers, storage and disposal.
  15. Website content detailing the commitment towards E-waste management.

Note: Once you acquire the EPR certificate, you’d have to specially careful about plastic wastes. The extended producer responsibility plastic guidelines specifically define that plastic, unlike other resources, can’t be disposed of easily. For it, recycling is the only option.

Costing and Timeline

Costing 

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Timeline

15-30 days 

  • This duration can be reduced if all the required information and documents are submitted promptly by the applicant.
Validity and Renewal

EPR Authorization is valid for 5 years and it can be renewed subsequently. Few documents and fees will be needed to get renewal.

What are the requirements while purchasing the IMPORTED Items?

The followings are the mandatory declarations required on a packet that have been imported and available for sale:

  1. Name and Address of the Importer OR packer OR Manufacturer.
    ii. The common and generic names of the commodities.
    iii. Net quantity in terms of Standard Unit of weight or measure.
    iv. Month and Year of Packing/importing.
    v. Maximum Retail Price MRP Rs ..………. (Inclusive of All Taxes).
    vi. Contact no./ email of the manufacturer/packer/importer.
    vii. Declaration may be printed on a Label securely affixed to the package or on a package itself.
    viii. Declaration shall be printed in Hindi or in English.
Registration Process

Two categories of electrical and electronic equipment namely:

  1. IT and Telecommunication Equipment and

  2. Consumer Electricals and Electronics such as TVs, Washing Machines, Refrigerators Air Conditioners including fluorescent and other mercury containing lamps are covered under these Rules.

Central Pollution Control Board directs producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment to obtain EPR – Authorization

The Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”) has, in a recent notice, emphasized the requirement for all producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (“EEE”), under the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016, to obtain Extended Producer Responsibility – Authorization (“EPR – Authorization”) from CPCB. The EPR – Authorization can be obtained by applying in Form-I.

The EPR – Authorization is needed to be obtained for ensuring that end – of – life EEE generated from the products of the producers are channelized to authorised dismantlers/ recyclers.

Failure to obtain EPR– Authorization will be considered a violation of the Rules and will be punishable under Section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 i.e., with imprisonment upto 5 years with fine upto Rs. 1 Lac, or with both.

EPR-Authorization Process: (FOR PRODUCERS)

  • Step-1: In case you are a producer, check the electronic equipment list in schedule-I. If you are engaged in producing the electrical and electronic equipment mentioned in the list, proceed for the Extended Producer Responsibility authorization procedure.
  • Step-2: The producer shall make an application in Form –I, for the grant of Extended Producer Responsibility authorization. The application must be made within a period of three months starting from the date of commencement of these rules to State Pollution Control Board when you are selling the product in one state and to the Central Pollution Control Board when you are selling the product in more than one state.
  • Step-3: Once the receipt of the application by the respective board, it shall be scrutinized and if found complete in all respects shall be proceeded further or otherwise shall raise inquiry, thereafter on being satisfied that the producer has an effective system to manage Extended Producer Responsibility in the country, shall recommend granting Extended Producer Responsibility authorization by Central Pollution Control Board.
    The authorization is provided in Form-1(aa) within a period of one hundred and twenty days.
    The evaluating committee is basically constituted by the Central Pollution Control Board with the representative members of State Pollution Control Boards or Pollution Control Committees. Such Committee is constituted after evaluating the State-specific EPR Plan.

EPR-Authorization Process: (FOR Manufacturer)

The process for the EPR-Authorization is same as that for the producer with minute changes as given below:

  • The manufacturer shall make an application in Form 1(a) to the State Pollution Control Board or the Pollution Control Committee for grant of authorization
  • Grant is provided within a period of ninety days an authorization in Form-1(bb) to the applicant to carry out safe operations in the authorized place only, which shall be valid for a period of five years;
  • In Form 2 such persons involved are required to prepare and submit to the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee,
  • An annual return in Form 3 containing the details specified shall be submitted on or before the 30th day of June in the following the financial year to which that return relates;
Guidelines for Importer and Trader

To get the EPR certificateapply for it using the steps given below

  1. Step 1: Understand the requirements of EPR pollution Certificate via reading the EPR certificate format.
  2. Step 2: Prepare and gather the complete documentation
  3. Step 3: Filing the EPR certificate online application along with the required documents, and submit that to CPCB office along with the EPR certificate cost. The online EPR registration form that you’re required to fill in this step would entail many nuanced details. Which is why, make sure that you have an  expert on the speed dial.
  4. Step 4: Wait for the central board to assess EPR registration online application. And if any issues are raised, rectification of discrepancies will be done.
  5. Step 5: Get the EPR certificate or the E Waste Management authorization letter. It only happens if you’ve filed the EPR pollution certificate correctly and have paid the required EPR registration fees.

Whether you’re a manufacturer, an E waste management or someone who is just seeking EPR registration for import, the process shall remain the same.

Exempted Products List

a. Batteries as covered under the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001.
b. Radioactive wastes as covered under the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 (33 of 1962) and rules made thereunder.

Which Products are covered under the rules?

EPR (E-waste) Product List

Below is the list of all the products that are covered under EPR registration. As per the policy, any company who manufactures, import or produce any of the electronic items which are mentioned in the list have to get EPR registration done and is accountable for recycling of the E-waste being generated from these products. The product name, their product code and the average life are also mentioned. The average life of the product is essential as it further decides the liability on the producer

The dealer of even a single product or any products subparts, accessories will also be aligned under EPR authorization/registration.

Sr. No. Categories of electrical and electronic equipment EEE Code Average Life
1 Information technology and telecommunication equipment
Centralized data processing: ITEW1
Mainframe 10 Years
Minicomputer 5 Years
2 Personal Computing: Personal Computers (Central Processing Unit with input and output devices) ITEW2 6 Years
3 Personal Computing: Laptop Computer(Central Processing Unit with input and output devices) ITEW3 5 Years
4 Personal Computing: Notebook Computers ITEW4 5 Years
5 Personal Computing: Notepad Computers ITEW5 5 Years
6 Printers including cartridges ITEW6 10 Years
7 Copying equipment ITEW7 8 Years
8 Electrical and electronic typewriters ITEW8 5 Years
9 User terminals and systems ITEW9 6 Years
10 Facsimile ITEW10 10 Years
11 Telex ITEW11 5 Years
12 Telephones ITEW12 9 Years
13 Pay telephones ITEW13 9 Years
14 Cordless telephones ITEW14 9 Years
15 Cellular telephones ITEW15
Feature phones 7 Years
Smartphones 5 Years
16 Answering systems ITEW16 5 Years

ii.

Consumer electrical and electronics:
Categories of electrical and electronic equipment EEE Code Average Life
Television sets (including sets based on(Liquid Crystal Display and Light Emitting Diode technology) CEEW1 9 Years
Refrigerator CEEW2 10 Years
Washing Machine CCEW3 9 Years
Air-conditioners excluding centralized air conditioning plants CCEW4 10 Years
Fluorescent and other Mercury containing lamps CEEW5 2 Years
Declaration of Name and Address of the Manufacturer, etc.

1) Subject to the provisions of rule 6, every package kept, offered or exposed for sale or sold shall bear conspicuously on it, the name and complete address of the manufacturer, or where the manufacturer is not the packer, the name and address of the manufacturer and the packer and in case of imported packages, the name and address of the importer:
Provided that for packages of capacity 5 cubic cm or less, it shall be a sufficient compliance of this sub- rule, if a mark or inscription which would enable the consumer to identify the manufacturer or packer or the importer, as the case may be, is made on the package:
Provided further that where any commodity manufactured outside India is packed in India, the package shall also contain on the principal display panel the name and complete address of the packer or the importer in India.
Explanation – In this sub-rule, ‘complete address’ means, the postal address at which the factory is situated, and in any other case, the name of the street, number (if any) assigned to the premises of the manufacturer or packer and either the name of the city and State where the business is carried on by the manufacturer or packer or the Postal Index Number [PIN] Code so that a consumer can identify and locate the manufacturer or packer or importer, as the case may be.
(2) The name of the manufacturer or packer or importer shall be the actual corporate name, or if not incorporated, the name under which the business is conducted by such manufacturer or packer or importer in India.

Declarations Applicable to be made on Every Wholesale package

Every wholesale package shall bear thereon a legible, definite, plain and conspicuous declaration as to —
(a) The name and address of the manufacturer or importer or where the manufacturer or importer is not the packer, of the packer;
(b) The identity of the commodity contained in the package; and
(c) The total number of retail package contained in such wholesale package or the net quantity in terms of standard units of weights, measures or number of the commodity contained in wholesale package;
Provided that nothing in this rule shall apply in relation to a wholesale package if a declaration similar to the declarations specified in this rule, is required to be made on such wholesale packages by or under any other law for the time being in force.

Who Really Needs to Apply for this?

India is a rapidly growing market in the field of Electrical and electronic products such as computers, Mobile, Printers, Scanner, refrigerators, LEDs, TV, transformers, capacitors etc. Electrical and electrical equipment contain a plethora of toxic components including cadmium, lead, mercury it affects the nearly every system in the human body, Polybrominated flame retardants, barium and lithium even the plastic casing of electronic product contains polyvinyl chloride.
Manufacturers and brand owners (Producers) are compelled to follow rules of Extended Producers Responsibility(EPR) producers have the responsibility to manage electrical and electronic equipment after its “End of life” thus the producers are responsible for their products once the consumer discards them.
Producer may analyze their individual requirements and design a collection or product take-back system as they deem appropriate as long as it facilitates channelization of E-Waste for environmentally sound management.
Producers are responsible for collection center for the collection of electrical and electronic waste from individual and bulk consumers and channelize the waste to collection centers or recyclers/dismantlers.
Electronic Equipment contain a toxic component which is harmful to human body

For more details, click http://cpcb.nic.in/epr-authorization/



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