EPR Tyre Registration
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Benefits of EPR Tyre Waste:
Indeed, the benefits of EPR extend beyond the mere requirement for obtaining certification or searching for EPR certificates for rubber/waste tyres. Let’s explore these benefits in detail:
Documents Required For EPR Tyre Registration
- GST Certificate
- Import Export Code (IEC)
- Certificate of Incorporation (COI)
- PAN Card of the Company
- MSME Udyam Registration Certificate (Optional)
- Aadhaar Card/PAN Card/Email ID and Mobile no. of directors or of Authorized Signatory.
- Designation of Authorized Signatory and Authorization.
(The Aadhar number of the authorized person is necessary for verifying the identity of the individual responsible for waste tyre management activities.)
- Covering letter – As per Annexure A (given in the official Instruction Sheet)
- Undertaking – As per Annexure B (given in the official Instruction Sheet)
In addition to the mentioned requirements, the applicant must also provide the following documents for fulfilling EPR for Waste Tyres:
Proof of ownership or lease agreement for the premises where waste tyre management activities will take place.
Detailed information regarding the proposed EPR plan, including strategies for collection, storage, transportation, processing, and disposal of waste tyres.
Environmental clearances or No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the relevant environmental authorities, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.
These documents are essential for the evaluation and approval of the EPR application for Waste Tyres.
Requirement for EPR Tyre Waste
The key requirements in the Amended Rules contain the following:
Entities seeking to comply with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Waste Tyres must undergo registration on the CPCB portal before initiating or continuing their business activities. The EPR obligation under the Amended Rules is categorized based on registration status:
Producers of New Tyres: For manufacturers or importers of new tyres, the EPR obligation is as follows:
- In the first year of the Schedule’s enforcement (2022-2023), the EPR obligation is 35% of the quantity of new tyres manufactured or imported in 2020-2021.
- In the following year (2023-2024), the EPR obligation increases to 70% of the weight of tyres manufactured/imported in 2021-2022.
- In 2024-2025, the EPR obligation reaches 100% of the weight of new tyres manufactured/imported in 2022-2023.
- From 2025 onwards, the EPR obligation remains at 100% of the weight of new tyres manufactured or imported two years prior (Y-2).
- Units established after April 1, 2022, will have a deferred EPR obligation, which starts after two years, and will be 100% of the weight of new tyres manufactured/imported in the year (Y-2).
Importers of Waste Tyres: Importers of waste tyres bear an EPR obligation equivalent to 100% of the tyres imported in the previous year (Y-1).
Retreading: The EPR obligation for waste tyres that undergo retreading is deferred for one year.
Producer Responsibility under EPR Tyre Waste
Procedure of applying for EPR Tyre Waste
- Visit the designated portal and locate the application form.
- Fill in the required details, including personal information, activity details, and the proposed EPR plan.
- Gather all necessary documents, such as proof of ownership/lease of premises, details of the proposed EPR plan, and any environmental clearances or NOCs required.
- Attach the relevant documents to the online application form.
- Ensure that the application and supporting documents are submitted within the specified timeframe, typically 30 days.
- Once the application is received, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will review it.
- Within 15 days, CPCB will provide a registration number for the application.
- The authorized person must adhere to all EPR regulations and submit regular reports to CPCB to update them on the progress of waste tyre management activities.
- If the application is approved, the applicant will be issued an EPR authorization certificate, which will remain valid for a period of two years.
Transaction of extended producer responsibility certificates
In the transaction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates, producers have the following options:
Purchase Limit: A producer can buy EPR certificates limited to its EPR liability for the current year (Year Y), including any remaining liability from previous years, and an additional 10% of the current year’s liability.
Quarterly Purchase: Producers also have the flexibility to fulfill their EPR obligation by purchasing EPR certificates on a quarterly basis. This allows them to proportionately meet their liability throughout the year.
The availability, requirement, and other relevant details regarding EPR certificates will be regularly updated on the designated portal. Producers can refer to this information to determine the quantity and timing of their EPR certificate purchases to meet their obligations effectively.
Provision for Post Compliance and Inspection of Producers
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) holds the authority to ensure compliance with extended producer responsibility (EPR) by producers and recyclers. To ensure adherence to EPR obligations, CPCB may conduct inspections and periodic audits as deemed necessary.
In case of violations or non-fulfillment of EPR targets, obligations, or responsibilities, appropriate actions will be taken by CPCB. These actions may include penalties, fines, or other measures as per the regulations and guidelines set by the CPCB and relevant authorities. The aim is to enforce EPR compliance and encourage responsible waste management practices among producers and recyclers.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
Entities that provide false information to obtain excess EPR certificates or deliberately violate provisions of the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules may face prosecution and penalties in the form of Environmental Compensation. The Environment (Protection) Act holds producers, recyclers, and retreaders accountable for violations.
If a shortfall in EPR obligation is addressed within three years, the applicant may be entitled to a refund. However, payment of compensation does not absolve entities from fulfilling their EPR obligations or unfulfilled targets. The shortfall will be carried forward to subsequent years for up to three years.
Environmental compensation can be imposed on recyclers for providing false information or issuing false EPR certificates. Additionally, unregistered producers, recyclers, and entities aiding violators in violating the provisions may also be liable for compensation.
It’s important to note that refund criteria will be applicable for eligible cases, but the EPR obligation or unfulfilled targets must still be addressed.