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EPR Authorization: EPR Registration Process in India

 A Brief Introduction

EPR stands for “Extended Producer’s Responsibility.” For E-waste management, an EPR Certificate requires for Indian manufacturers and importers of products. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which is part of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC), grants EPR authorization. With EPR India’s approval, the maker/importer of electronic and electrical products is responsible for controlling E-waste generated by the products after their lifetime has expired.

EPR closes the loop on materials management by recovering product waste when it discards by the user and reusing it as a raw material to create a new product or packaging material. This method uses a lot less energy than making something from scratch, and it encourages industry makers to be more creative with product and packaging design. It’s a dramatic break from standard linear thinking, and it found on the idea that end-of-life product management shared responsibility among manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and consumers.

What is the procedure for obtaining EPR authorization?

Producer Authorization – 

  • Fill up Form 1 and submit it to the Central Pollution Control Board along with an EPR plan. The real targets bases on the number of items code-wise that placed on the market in past years, as well as the average life of the equipment.
  • The producer specifies the predicted amount of e-waste for the current year,
  • as well as the amount expected to be collected under the collection strategy that the producer proposes to adopt.
  •  Within 120 days, the Central Pollution Control Board analyzes the EPR Plan and issues an Authorization in Form 1(aa).
  • For a period of five years, the EPR  Authorization is valid.
  • This authorization covers the collection of a specific amount of e-waste per product code throughout the year. The targets sets by the Central Pollution Control Board in line with Schedule III of the Notification.

Extended Producer Responsibility – Manufacturer Authorization

  • The manufacturer of e-waste must apply for authorization from the relevant State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), showing that it has the necessary facilities, technical capabilities, and equipment to safely handle e-waste.
  • The State Pollution Control Board reviews and approves an authorization in Form 1 within a 120-day period,
  • The authorization is valid for five years and is for a specific location of operations.
  • Every person approved must keep a record of the e-waste they handle in Form-2 and prepare and
  • submit an annual return to the concerned SPCB on or before the 30th day of June following the financial year, with the details indicated in Form3.

EPR (EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY) AND E-WASTE COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS

Documentation required.

  • Manufacturer / Importer Legal Entity Documents
  • Product Code Wise Production/Import History for the Last 10 Years
  • If applicable, a valid CRS Certificate / ISI Mark License
  • CPCB Certification Documents
  • Self-declaration of compliance with the BoM for Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), RoHS Test Reports, and RoHS Certificate
  • offices’ locations and contact information
  • Implementation technique, budgeting, and flow diagrams are all covered in the EPR Plan
  • for the collection and transportation of e-waste to a recycler
  • Estimated e-waste generation by item in the following years
  • Copies of agreements with dealers, recycling centers, treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, and so on.

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