EPR Plastic Registration: Your Key to Sustainable Packaging

What is EPR?

The Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016 have made EPR Plastic Registration mandatory in India. EPR is an Extended Producer Responsibility regime that holds Producers, Importers, and Brand-owners accountable for proper plastic waste management. To simplify the EPR implementation process, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change has issued guidelines on EPR for Plastic Packaging. The guidelines mandate that Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners (PIBOs) must register via the centralized online portal created by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs) must register with their respective State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs), in accordance with the provisions of the Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016.

EPR Plastic Registration

Significance of EPR in Plastic Waste Management

EPR Plastic Registration is mandatory as per the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 in India. The rules state that EPR requires plastic waste generators to minimize waste generation, prevent littering, segregate waste, and dispose of segregated waste properly. Producers, Importers, and Brand-owners must take responsibility for processing their plastic packaging waste via recycling, reuse, or appropriate end-of-life disposal methods like waste-to-energy, co-processing, plastic-to-oil, roadmaking, or industrial-composting. These guidelines also mandate that Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners (PIBOs) must register with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for EPR Plastic Registration. Both pre-consumer and post-consumer plastic packaging waste fall under the purview of Extended Producer Responsibility.

Which entities shall register on the centralized portal developed by CPCB?

The following entities shall register on the centralized portal developed by CPCB:

I. Producer (P)

II. Importer (I)

III. Brand owner (BO) including online platforms/marketplaces and supermarkets/retail chains other than those, which are micro and small enterprises as per the criteria of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India

IV. Plastic Waste Processor engaged in
(a) recycling,
(b) waste to energy,
(c) waste to oil, and
(d) industrial composting.

Categories of Plastic Packaging under EPR

EPR Plastic Registration

Category I

Rigid Plastic Packaging​

EPR Plastic Registration

Category II

Flexible plastic packaging of single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic)

EPR Multilayer Packaging

Category III

Multilayered plastic packaging (at least one layer of plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic)

Plastic sheet or like used for packaging as well as carry bags made of compostable plastics

Category IV

Plastic sheet or like used for packaging as well as carry bags made of compostable plastics

Responsibilities of PIBOS

PIBO stands for producer, importer and brand owners. All the PIBO operating in India that uses plastic packaging as part of your operation, irrespective of your turnover or scale of operations you fall under the obligation of EPR and are responsible to Register at EPR Portal and fulfill obligations as under:

    1. Recycling

    1. Use of Recycled content

    1. Reuse

    1. End of life disposal

    1. Optional engagement in collection and recovery of the plastics

    1. Submit annual returns

    1. Provide proof of certificates (Plastic credits)

Application fees for Registration of PIBOs

Sl. No. PW Generation Slab (TPA) Proposed Processing Fees (Rs.)
1 <1000 10,000
2 1000 – 10000 20,000
3 >10000 50,000

Renewal fees will be same as Registration fees.

Annual Processing Fees: 25% of Application fees will be paid at the time of filing annual return.

Validity of Certificate

The fresh Registration shall be valid for a period of 1 Year; and the renewed Registration shall be valid for 3 Years.

Timeline for Registration

2 Weeks

Renewal of Registration

The application for renewal shall be submitted at least Four Months before the expiry of Registration.

Annual Return

The due date of filing of Annual Report is 30th June of the following year. PIBOs shall ensure that Annual Report is filed before due date as the application for renewal shall not be processed unless all due annual reports are filed.

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