National framework for India’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

National framework for India’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

India is believed to generate 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day. So, much of plastic is entering the food chain, that it can cause life-threatening disease. Thus, the government needs to set up and impose laws to cope up with this hassle. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced into designed to integrate the environment costs connected to the goods throughout their life cycles. EPR encourages financial incentives to create a market for reuse, recycling of materials. The company can also delegate this responsibility to a third party.
The EPR framework is broken up into three parts – each suited to either a small, medium or large business. According to packaging 360, “The three models are officially called: fee-based model, Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) model and credit model. PROs are third party entities that manage waste on behalf of manufacturers.”
Small manufacturers must contribute to an EPR fund which will pay local bodies to recycle the amount of plastic they produced. Medium and large businesses who don’t have experience in the recycling can hire Producer Responsibility Organisations or PROs. Plastics For Change can become a PRO for companies as they transition to the new framework.
Larger companies can acquire credits if they send plastic to recycling units. Plastics For Change is partnering with brands and manufacturers to recycle their plastic and help companies comply with legislation.

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