The Role of EPR Consultant in Managing E-Waste

An EPR consultant adheres to all rules and regulations set by the authorities. It is also committed to offer unparalleled services.

The list of services offered includes:

– Registration work of EPR Authorization

– BIS Registration for Electronic and Information Technology goods.

– WPC (ETA & Import License & Temporary Frequency allocation)

– Import & export permission for certain items/products listed under restricted category

– Permission of import for various types of scrap under restricted category

A Brief about EPR

Waste is inevitable and a never ending process. Generated all around the world in bulk, waste may never face an end. With increase in population, there is an increase in production of waste. These wastes are generated from different places such as homes, offices, industries and more. Management of these wastes demands proper disposal methods.

Since waste production is increasing constantly, a large number and variety of disposal methods have emerged. Improper disposal of these wastes can result in major hazard for the environment in the form of air and water pollution.

Many countries around the world are in the process of finding new innovative ways of dealing with waste. This is where ‘EPR’ comes into role-play. It is an acronym for ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’. It is an initiative made towards dealing with the waste and protecting the environment.

Understanding ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’

This term was first invented during the early 90s. It is intended to provide incentive to manufacturers for designing products. It will also involve making products more usable and recyclable. EPR can also be defined as a strategy designed for the welfare of environment. In the modern age, EPR serves as policy aiming at minimizing generation of waste and ultimately protect the environment.

Role of EPR

How does EPR help save the environment from damage produced by waste generation? EPR makes producers accountable to manufacture products that are valuable and biodegradable (recyclable) in the long term. This will result in reduced generation of waste, thereby fixing the problem of disposal. The process is also beneficial for the production of reliable products, safer for environment.

As per the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) can be defined as a strategy for protection of environment. Manufacturers are held responsible for extending the life of products manufactured by them.

EPR Registration

Registration of EPR is registration under CPCB. This is done for appropriate channelization of e-waste. It is important for e-waste to be collected, warehoused, dismantled and reprocessed in an eco-friendly way. An EPR consultant provides complete solution for registration of EPR and collection, dismantling, and reprocessing of e-waste at PAN India level.

Validity

The EPR is applicable for the following:

– Importers of electronics

– Manufacturer of electronics

– Producers of electronics

The Liabilities

CPCB has assigned the liability of collecting and recycling of e-waste to the producer of products. It is important for the producer of products to fulfill the responsibility by itself. The producer may also engage a PRO (Producer’s Responsibility Organization) to fulfill their responsibilities. Another requirement is that the PRO engaged needs to be authorized under CPCB.

It is obligatory for the producer of product (manufacturer/importer) to submit its previous import/sales data. As per this data, CPCB will be responsible for allotting all targets. Additionally, producers must submit quarterly data for import/sales as soon as the EPR is issued.

The producer should conduct at least two seminars on an annual basis for spreading awareness in general public regarding the dangerous effects of e-waste and techniques to appropriately channelize and dispose e-waste in an eco-friendly way.

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