The concept of EPR was introduced by amending the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016, but there are currently no comprehensive processes or guidelines that manufacturers or brands must follow. So, there are no fixed recycling targets.(HT image)
The concept of EPR was introduced by amending the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016, but there are currently no comprehensive processes or guidelines that manufacturers or brands must follow. So, there are no fixed recycling targets.(HT image)

New guidelines to put recycling onus on plastic manufacturers

To this end, the government is pushing manufacturers to put in place evidence-based mechanisms so that authorities can track what recycling firms undertake as EPR obligations, one of the officials cited above said.
By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 05:26 AM IST

The Union government is working on new guidelines for extended producer responsibility (EPR), a globally standardised plastic pollution policy under which the manufacturer is responsible for recycling or disposing of plastics, officials and industry representatives told HT.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for freeing the country of single-use plastic items by 2022.

To this end, the government is pushing manufacturers to put in place evidence-based mechanisms so that authorities can track what recycling firms undertake as EPR obligations, one of the officials cited above said.

The concept of EPR was introduced by amending the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016, but there are currently no comprehensive processes or guidelines that manufacturers or brands must follow. So, there are no fixed recycling targets.

Interministerial consultations are currently on to frame a broad-based policy on recycling, managing and disposing of single-use plastics, including stricter producer responsibility, a second official said.

Following a series of consultations last month, the government

has asked industry associations, who together make up 80% of single-use plastic items sold, to establish a system that can be a working model for the whole of the country.

“There is no limit on how much plastic needs to be recycled but producers must have a system in place and get started immediately,” the first official quoted above said.

Such a system needs to be evidence-based and quantifiable. The EPR guidelines that the government is working on will be fine-tuned according to evidence from the ground and what best suits the country, the official added.

There are two popular global models: one by the UN and another by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OECD, a club of 33 advanced economies, defines EPR as a “policy approach under which producers are given a significant responsibility – financial or physical – for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products”. Essentially, under EPR, producers of plastics or brands bear the responsibility for recycling or treating an amount of plastic that is equivalent to the total quantity they have sold in a given period, usually a year.

The UN and the European model, as the OCED framework is often called, lays down detailed mechanisms for countries to frame their EPR schemes. The UN framework refers to a manual for countries to adopt, which was updated during the so-called Basel Convention in 2016.

Both stress on the need for assigning, through national policy, “operational” as well as “financial responsibility” on producers for the plastic waste generated at the end of a product’s life cycle by setting targets. The European framework lays specific emphasis on “reducing the volume” or “toxicity of waste”, with the ultimate objective of “maximising social welfare”.

Industry associations in India say they are in the process of ramping up producer responsibility systems.

“The government has sought traceability of extended producer responsibility and proof. We have just announced a ~1000-crore joint venture, known as Karo Sambhav (make possible), to carry out EPR. We will report back to the government,” said Vimal Kedia, the president of PET Packaging Association.

The PET Packaging Association counts among its members some of India’s biggest companies that use PET packaging, such as Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd, Dabur India Ltd and Reliance Industries Ltd, etc.

“We are expecting new EPR guidelines. We as an association have decided to undertake recycling or treating 30% of plastic sold and plan to increase it gradually,” said Deepak Ballani of the All India Plastic Manufacturers Association.

According to current rules, producers need to 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”.

Environmental experts say the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 do not lay down any enforceable EPR guidelines. “In fact, we were expecting EPR by October 2. We have submitted to the government our own model framework. The sooner we have the guidelines the better,” said Dinesh Raj Bandela of the Centre for Science and Environment.

EPR must have targets and be accounted for at the national level, Bandela said.

According to official data contained in a central advisory to states, India produces 9.4 million tonne of single-use plastic. However, according to the World Bank, India’s per capita consumption of plastic is still one of the lowest at 11kg a year, compared to a global average of 28kg. Many states have banned a range of disposable items. A 2018 report by the Central Pollution Control Board noted that even banned items are traded “indiscriminately”.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Patiala: Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Patiala, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_22_2021_000069B)(PTI)
Patiala: Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Patiala, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_22_2021_000069B)(PTI)

Farmers' protest: No going back on Republic Day tractor march, say union leaders

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:14 PM IST
After Friday's meeting, which yielded no way out of the ongoing impasse, farmer leaders said the proposed tractor march on Republic Day will take place as scheduled.
Close
The railways’ Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, had floated a tender for manufacturing 44 rakes (train sets) of semi-high speed Vande Bharat trains on July 10.
The railways’ Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, had floated a tender for manufacturing 44 rakes (train sets) of semi-high speed Vande Bharat trains on July 10.

Railways award contract of 2211 crore for manufacturing 44 Vande Bharat rakes

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:14 PM IST
  • These rakes will be manufactured at three production units of the railways; 24 rakes at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, 10 rakes at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala and the balance 10 rakes at Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli.
Close
Farmers at Singhu border during their ongoing agitation against the new farm laws, in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)
Farmers at Singhu border during their ongoing agitation against the new farm laws, in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)

'Will intensify protest now': Farmers issue threat as 11th round of talks fails

Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 06:01 PM IST
The rift widened in the Friday's talks as the farmers sought a complete repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP, even as the Centre asked them to reconsider its proposal for putting the Acts on hold for 12-18 months.
Close
Workers on contract for Indian Railways, erect infrastructure for drawing electric cable lines over railway tracks for use by locomotives on the outskirts of Bangalore on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)(AFP)
Workers on contract for Indian Railways, erect infrastructure for drawing electric cable lines over railway tracks for use by locomotives on the outskirts of Bangalore on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)(AFP)

Indian Railways finalises tender for Vande Bharat train sets

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:51 PM IST
  • The tender was finalised on Medha Servo Drives Ltd for the cost of 2,211 crore for 44 rakes of 16 cars each. These will be manufactured at three Production units of Indian Railways.
Close
Uma Bharti said Singh may have donated the amount out of "reverence".(PTI File Photo)
Uma Bharti said Singh may have donated the amount out of "reverence".(PTI File Photo)

‘Digvijaya is knowledgeable but…’: Uma Bharti’s brutal backhanded compliment

PTI, Bhopal
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:32 PM IST
Uma Bharti was replying to a query on Digvijaya Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP and bitter Sangh Parivar critic, donating 1.11 lakh for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
Close
CCTV footage of the incident where a CISF official pressed into action after a passenger fell down at Dabri More Metro station, New Delhi. (Photo: @CISFHQrs)
CCTV footage of the incident where a CISF official pressed into action after a passenger fell down at Dabri More Metro station, New Delhi. (Photo: @CISFHQrs)

'Would like to meet him': Amit Shah praises CISF man for saving life

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:30 PM IST
'So proud of our CAPF personnel for their unwavering commitment towards serving the motherland and humanity, Amit Shah wrote.
Close
Unlike his father who is mostly confined to running the government from Pragati Bhavan, KTR has been extensively touring districts to inspect the implementation of government schemes and holding official meetings.(HT PHOTO.)
Unlike his father who is mostly confined to running the government from Pragati Bhavan, KTR has been extensively touring districts to inspect the implementation of government schemes and holding official meetings.(HT PHOTO.)

‘KTR for CM’ chorus grows in TRS amid rumours that he may replace his father

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:17 PM IST
  • “Advance congratulations” have been pouring in for KTR, as the chief minister’s son is popularly known, from various quarters of the party including ministers, MLAs and senior leaders.
Close
The legendary bhajan singer passed away at 12.15pm on Friday at Apollo Hospital in Delhi.(File photo)
The legendary bhajan singer passed away at 12.15pm on Friday at Apollo Hospital in Delhi.(File photo)

'Made a name for himself in bhajan singing': PM's tribute to Narendra Chanchal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:14 PM IST
Tributes poured in after the demise of the singer as several ministers took to social media to pay their condolences.
Close
So deep is the divide within the state BJP that Yediyurappa now faces opposition not just from his earlier detractors but those who were once seen to be close to the Lingayat leader.(ANI)
So deep is the divide within the state BJP that Yediyurappa now faces opposition not just from his earlier detractors but those who were once seen to be close to the Lingayat leader.(ANI)

News updates from HT: Karnataka CM makes changes in Cabinet to contain dissent

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:02 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Meghalaya: 6 workers die at mining site in East Jaintia Hills

By David Laitphlang
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:43 PM IST
Five of the six deceased have been identified and their respective families have been informed to claim the bodies
Close
At present, the Centre is vaccinating healthcare workers across the country.(HT_PRINT)
At present, the Centre is vaccinating healthcare workers across the country.(HT_PRINT)

Fraudsters calling up senior citizens for Covid-19 vaccines, alerts Centre

Written by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:16 PM IST
Though the Centre has not yet revealed when the vaccination of senior citizens will begin or what the price for each dose will be for the senior citizens, the health department has made it clear that there will be no third-party registration.
Close
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference on farmers' agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, at party HQ in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI)
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference on farmers' agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, at party HQ in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI)

Elected Congress president by June 2021, announces KC Venugopal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:18 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi, the last full-time party chief, resigned in July 2019 after the party's second successive Lok Sabha election loss.
Close
Representational photo. (HT Archive)
Representational photo. (HT Archive)

Strategically important Ujh hydroelectric project in J&K gets forest panel nod

By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:09 PM IST
The project will involve the loss of about 680ha of forest land and over 200,000 trees according to project documents on environment ministry’s Parivesh website
Close
The tool will capture the nature and source of emissions in the NCR for interventions to control them. (HT archive)
The tool will capture the nature and source of emissions in the NCR for interventions to control them. (HT archive)

Air Quality panel tasks agencies to develop tool for targeted pollution control

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:04 PM IST
The interventions suggested by the tool can be implemented by the pollution control boards and its implementation can be monitored by citizen watch groups and NGOs
Close
Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi blamed the ruling BJP for its handling of the pandemic. “The government has inflicted untold suffering on the people of our country by the manner in which it has managed the Covid-19 pandemic."(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

'To boost PM Modi's image': Congress picks holes in govt's Covid-19 vaccine plan

Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:57 PM IST
Noting the rise in hesitancy for Covid-19 vaccine, the committee also slammed the government for allowing blatant politicisation of the regulatory process to clear the vaccine for use in order to boost the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP