Applicable Rules/ Acts/ Regulations for EPR

The legal framework for EPR registration is as follows:

1: The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, which is the umbrella legislation that empowers the central government to take measures to protect and improve the quality of the environment and prevent, control and abate environmental pollution. The act also provides for the establishment of the National Environmental Appellate Authority, which hears appeals against the orders of the central government or any authority under the act. The act also lays down the penalties for contravention of the provisions of the act or the rules made thereunder.

2: The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, which are the specific rules that regulate the generation, collection, storage, transportation, segregation, refurbishment, dismantling, recycling and disposal of e-waste in India. The rules also define the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, such as producers, consumers, bulk consumers, collection centres, dealers, e-retailers, refurbishers, dismantlers, recyclers and producer responsibility organizations (PROs). The rules also specify the EPR targets, the procedure for obtaining EPR authorization, the standards for environmentally sound management of e-waste, the criteria for registration of PROs, the format and frequency of reporting, and the procedure for monitoring and enforcement.

3: The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, which are the specific rules that regulate the generation, collection, storage, transportation, segregation, processing and disposal of plastic waste in India. The rules also define the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, such as producers, importers, brand owners, consumers, waste pickers, recyclers, local bodies and gram panchayats. The rules also specify the EPR targets, the procedure for obtaining EPR registration, the standards for plastic waste management, the criteria for registration of plastic waste processors, the format and frequency of reporting.