The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineers assumed responsibility for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch. -Michael Armstrong
From the above text you must have got a clear idea that in today’s blog, I’ll be talking about responsibilities. So how is EPR( Extended Producer Responsibility) related to it? Well that’s what we will be learning today. The concept of EPR was introdced by amending the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016. It is a legislative stratergy used by most industrialised nations to prevent land filling of plastic waste and promote chemical recycling. EPR holds anufacturers and brand owners accountable for the end-of-life impacts of their plastic products and packaging. The CPCB has hard bitten it’s stance on the plastic covering and asked 52 companies from nine industries to accept their EPR plan, in agreement with the Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016.
EPR practices comprises of a combination of environmental, economical and social factors. It transfers the economic liability of the cost of disposalfrom the goverment to the manufacturer of the product. By placing responsibility for a product’s end-of-life environmental impact on producers, EPR policies are expected to push them to re-design their products. Such change while reducing waste management costs, should as well reduce material use and enhance product reusability and recyclability. It also meets increasing consumer demand for environment friendly products that can easily be recycled or are manufactured using recycled content.