EPR (EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY) FOR E WASTE MANAGEMENT

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EPR (EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY) FOR E WASTE MANAGEMENT

INTRODUCTION

 E-waste also known as electronic waste has become a highlighting issue. All the electronic goods that are discarded by the owner because of its potential to provide no further update is considered as e waste. It is also known as waste electrical or end-of-life electrical. Consideredas a waste we surely know that it is causing harm to the environment. As together we know that our country is under development the use of electric items is going to increase at a great pace so does the waste generated by it. E waste must be managed either by us or thecompanies who are bringing it to the market E-waste management rule was notified in the year 2016 by the MEFCC (Ministry ofEnvironment, Forest, and Climate Change) which came into enforcement in October 2017.  It states that every producer (manufacturer,importer, dealer, retailer, e-retailer etc.) must obtain EPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Authorization) from CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) for the channelization of e-waste notified under the rules for its safe and sound disposal.
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THE PROBLEMS WITH E-WASTE

Electronic waste has a certain effect on our environment, the health of humans and animals and the risk of having your data stolen is raised. Recycling your used electronic devices is important to make sure you are protecting the environment and your company. Here are some reasons why electronic waste is such a problem for our environment.

GROWTH

As we discussed that our country is developing so the need of electrical good must go high so does the increase in e-waste. The problem with the waste is that it keeps on growing. For example, we say that according to companies the estimated life of a mobile phone is 4 years after that it is considered waste by the company.

HEALTH IMPLICATIONS

Most of the electronic devices that are produced contains toxic materials in it such as lead, zinc, nickel, etc. as in case of lead if exposed to human can cause some serious problems like damage to brain and the nervous system, Slow growth, and development of human body, and can cause respiratory problems to.

DATA SECURITY

When the waste is produced and is going for disposal managers should be concerned with where their electronic equipment is going after disposal because they should be worried about sensitive data loss, identity theft, consumer scams, data breaches and loss of integrity.

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

The toxic material waste generated from the electronic devices are released into the water bodies, soil, or even into the air. When you throw out the e waste it winds up in the landfills, causing toxic materials to seep deep into the groundwater which sometimes causes new kind of problems to humans. Or sometimes when the e waste generated is heated up it ends releasing toxic fumes into the air which we all know what can do.

WHY IT IS REQUIRED

With every solution to a problem, we all look forward to its requirements. When the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) brought Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for the e-waste management there were several advantages to it. Those things lead to good environment and a healthy future. And the need for the e waste management is as follow.

UPCYCLING

With EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) introduce the focus of the companies are to re-cycle the waste they have generated and re-use it in a very efficient way so that the annual targets for the waste management could be achieved.

SUSTAINABILITY

EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) had a good impact on the companies that nowadays the companies are concerned about the sustainability. They are trying to producing less E-waste or are re-cycling more waste so that the impact on atmosphere is less and they have a promising future.

SUPPLY CHAIN

EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) brought a good change in the companies that nowadays they are releasing less waste into the environment bodies. Because of rules and EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) we can say that water bodies and soil are now improving slowly.

COST CUTTING

When registered under the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) the companies are re-cycling their waste and re-using its thus it leads to reduce the needs of fresh raw material and helps the company in cost cutting and sustainability.

HOW TO GET EPR AUTHORISATION

WHO SHOULD GET AN EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)

Knowing how to get an EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) who should get an EPR. The EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) has entrusted the E-waste management with the PIBOs (producers’ importers & brand owners) those are responsible for the sale of plastic goods in the market and its their responsibility to manage the waste brought by them.

PRODUCERS

Any entity or a company who manufactures electronic goods and sell electronic goods to the market must apply for EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility).

IMPORTERS

Any entity or a company who imports electronic good, gadgets for the sale in the country must apply for an EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) for E-waste management.

BRANDOWNERS

Any company or an entity who sells electronic products or import electronic goods under the name of a specific brand for their sale must apply for an EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility).

LIST OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENTS UNDER E-EASTE MANAGEMENT

ROLE OF PIBOs UNDER EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)

Under the authorisation of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) rather than the management of E- Waste, PIBOs (producers’ importers & brand owners) are entrusted with some basic roles that they must maintain for them as well as government benefits.

PROMOTION

The company under EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) shall also promote the concept of waste management among the other small companies to make them aware of the problems of E-wastes.

CERTIFICATES

Register companies under EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) must have all the certificates provided to them by the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and should have a soft copy of all the documents provided to them.

LABELING

The next role of PIBOs (Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners) is they must label all the waste generated or collected by them with the proper way to recycling the waste.

COLLECTION

The companies must collect the end-of-life products from the market which means those products are at the end of their lifecycle and no further usefulness to it. Those products that have no updates to it must be collected by the companies and should be properly managed.

DIRECTING

One of the roles of the companies registered under EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) is that they must direct the waste for example they have to direct either the waste is to be send to recycling, refurbishing, treatment, storage, or disposal facilities all this direction must be provided for the waste managing team

EPR TARGETS.

The company under EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) must fulfil their EPR targets provided to them after submission of EPR on a yearly basis so that they do not have to face penalty.

ANNUAL RETURNS

The companies under EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) must file an annual return before the due dates and must have a proper receipt to it.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) AUTHORISATION

To register for EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) a company has to provide with some important documents

PAN, GST, CIN

PAN (Permanent account number), GST (Goods and Services Tax), CIN (Certificate Of Incorporation) must be provided of the authorised company.

AADHAR / PAN OF AUTHORIZED PERSON

Aadhar card and Pan card of the authorized signatory

IEC CERTIFICATE

IEC (Import and Export Code) of the applicant importer

DIC REGISTRATION

DIC (District industries Centre) if the company is register to DIC they must upload the Documents to the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) portal.

PROCESS FLOW DIAGRAMS

A process flow diagram is a diagram indicates the general flow of plant process and equipment. It does not include the pipelines but the flow of machines.

CONSENT ISSUED BY SPCB/PCC

Before establishing their factory, the applicant must apply for the CFE (Consent for Establishment) from SPCB (State Pollution Control Board) with all relevant documents.

COVER LETTERS

A cover letter for industry has four sections – An “Introduction”, The “Sell”, “Motivation”, and the “Close”. It is one of the most important documents to be held by the authorized company.

INVOICE

Company is required to submit the invoice of all the purchase and sale of the goods from the last financial year.

PROCESS OR STEPS FOR EPR FOR PLASTIC MANAGEMENT REGISTRATION

The process for a successful EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) authorisation, the company can collectively apply through a channel partner PRO (Producers Responsibility organization) or they can individuallyapply for the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) for e-waste management.

DOCUMENTATION

Company should maintain a copy of all the necessary documents required for registration on hand in the form of soft copy like pdf, jpg, or png before they submit the application.

LOGIN CREDENTIALS

The process of application begins with the self-registration on the centralized portal provided to obtain the required login credentials. The authorized company is provided with user id and a password so that they can use it in future time.

APPLICATION FEES

After the submission of the required document the applicant is left with the submission of the application fees. A gateway is generated at the end where the applicant is required to pay the fees online through various methods. The application fees are variable as it depends upon the quantity of the good produced by the company.

APPLICATION PROCESSING

The application submitted by the PIBOs (producers’ importers & brand owners) is then transferred to the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board). if the application is needed to be sent to the SPCB/PCC it is done on the same site if they operate in one or two states then it is transferred to CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) for approval.

GRANT OF EPR

After the successful registration of the application, it takes about 15 days by the authorized personal to process it. If the application submitted by the applicant is incorrect the registration must be denied. If the information is correct the PIBOs (producers’ importers & brand owners) will be provided by the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) registration certificate from CPCB/SPCB/PCC.