Updated on September 21, 2023 05:02:33 PM
EPR for plastic is an acronym for extended producer responsibility for plastic products. The system is designed to curb plastic waste under the plastic waste management system of the central pollution control board. As per rules of plastic waste management (PWM) the importer of plastic packaging or any product with plastic packaging are required to obtain EPR registration for their products.
However as per the guidelines of CPCB. Importers are only obliged to meet their EPR target and get an EPR certificate if they fall into the following criteria.
Importers are required to obtain their EPR Authorization from CPCB in case they operate in more than 2 states and union territories. In case of Importers operating in 1-2 states or UTs then they should get EPR Certification from SPCBs and PCCs of respective states online.
EPR Registration For Importer's
|EPR Registration for importers||Details|
|Time taken to get EPR certificate as an Importer of plastic goods||25 - 30 days|
|EPR Registration fees for importer (Govt)||
Plastic waste generation in (TPA)
|Renewal and Validity||New registration is valid for 1 year and renewed EPR certificate shall be valid for 3 years|
|Renewal Fee for online EPR certification||The renewal fee for EPR certification is same as certification fee|
|Fee for filing EPR annual Returns (Govt)||25% of EPR application fees|
|Mode of Application for EPR Authorization||Online Application|
EPR Authorization refers to the process through which importers, producers or manufacturers of plastic goods comply with EPR regulations set by the central pollution control board. It involves the formal EPR registration of a company as a responsible importer, producer, indicating their commitment to managing and reducing the environmental impact of their products throughout their life cycle.
EPR Authorization plays an important role in promoting sustainable waste management practices. It encourages businesses to take responsibility for their products, including their packaging, post-consumer waste. By registering for EPR, businesses demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability, fostering a positive image among consumers, investors, and regulatory authorities.
Plastic products are categorized by the central pollution control board of India for EPR.
If you are an importer of any of these products then you must acquire EPR authorization to manage the plastic waste generation by your imports. Having an EPR authorization for importers of such products is an obligatory legal compliance.
Note: In case of waste plastic being used for the construction of roads, applicants are required to produce a self-declaration certificate in proforma developed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Note:- In case importer qualifies as brand owner or producer of goods then they are required to file separate new applications for EPR authorization in those respective categories.
The fee for EPR authorization for importers is defined on the basis of waste generated in tonnes per annum.
|Plastic Waste Generated in TPA||Cost of EPR Application (Govt)|
|✅ Less than 1000||₹10,000|
|✅ Between 1000-10000||₹20,000|
|✅ More than 10000||₹50,000|
EPR Authorization process for acquiring authorisation from CPCB as an importer of plastic products are classified under four parts.
Details of effluent
Waste generation details
Action plan for implementation of EPR
Applicants are required to provide above mentioned details as well as required documents as per the guidelines of plastic waste management for PIBOs.
Note: Once the application is successfully filled with CPCB or respective SPCP/PCCs it will take around 15 days for authorities to commence.
Once the importer of plastic products has successfully registered themselves with CPCB or SPCBs. They are required to implement an EPR action plan to meet their EPR target for the given year.
As per the guidelines PIBOs / importers are required to meet their EPR obligations by ensuring that plastic waste is processed through EPR registered "plastic waste processors". Importers must obtain certificates from PWPs (Plastic waste processors) as per the quantity of waste processed by PWPs.
The EPR certification can be canceled by their respective authorities on the basis of the following:-
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EPR target is the plastic waste which is introduced in the market by the PIBOs. Such as if an importer is responsible for generating plastic waste then they must fully fill their EPR obligations to reduce waste.
The fee for EPR License for importer is classified into these categories.
Note:- The cpcb plastic waste registration fee subject to the quantum of waste generated by PIBOs. Therefore fee can vary depending upon the quantum of plastic waste.
The EPR registration is obnligatory for all importers who import plastic products or plastic packaging.
Micro and small PIBOs / importers are exempted from getting an EPR Registration from CPCB
You can get your EPR certificate online in just few simple steps with Professional Utilities.
The EPR certificate for e-Waste is granted to manufacturer/importers of electronic products by CPCB in order to curb the problem of e-waste generation by the them.