NEW EPR Guidelines: Mandatory use of recycled packaging.

Targets given to producers not just for recycling but also the use of recycled packaging.

The notification for Extended Producer Responsibility was released by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 16th February 2022 under the plastic waste management rules 2016.

It covers three categories of plastic packaging namely:

Category 1: Rigid plastic packaging,
Category 2: Flexible plastic packaging made of single layer or more than 1 layer with different types of plastic &
Category 3: Multi-layered plastic packaging: at least 1 layer of plastic & at least 1 layer of material other than plastic.
Category 4: Plastic sheet or like used for packaging or carry bags made from compostable plastics. 

EPR regulation covers reuse, recycling, use of recycled plastic content & end of life disposal. The draft specifies the quantity of waste that will have to be managed by producers, importers and brand owners who generate plastic packaging waste in India

It also for the first time mandates the use of recycled plastic content in packaging for all entities: Producers, Imposters, Brand owners & Plaste waste processors.

The draft gives all stakeholders of plastic waste an opportunity to trade in EPR certificates. Surplus EPR certificates can be used for offsetting previous years shortfall; carry forward for use in succeeding year and it can be sold to other producers and brands.

Here’s a brief summary.

OBLIGATIONS Rigid Flexible MLP Compostable
Obligation for recycling 

50% for 2024/2025
60% for 2025/2026
70% for 2026/2027
80% for 2027/2028 and onwards

30% for 2024/2025
40% for 2025/2026
50% for 2026/2027
60% for 2027/2028 and onwards

30% for 2024/2025
40% for 2025/2026
50% for 2026/2027
60% for 2027/2028 and onwards

50% for 2024/2025
60% for 2025/2026
70% for 2026/2027
80% for 2027/2028 and onwards

Re-use

For brand owners only:

Packaging with weight 0.9>4.9 liters/kg

10% for 2025/2026
15% for 2026/2027
20% for 2027/2028
25% for 2028/2029 and onwards

Packaging with weight <4.9 liters/kg

70% for 2025/2026
75% for 2026/2027
80% for 2027/2028
85% for 2028/2029 and onwards

 

 

 
End of life disposal 

MLP only to be sent 

 

  Minimum level of use of recycled material in packaging defined as follows, common for all Brand owners,  Recycled plastic used in imported material will not be counted toward fulfillment of obligation.
Use of recycled content for each entity (Mandatory) Rigid:
30% for 2025/2026
40% for 2026/2027
50% for 2027/2028
60% for 2028/2029 and onwards
Flexible:
10% for 2025/2026
10% for 2026/2027
20% for 2027/2028
20% for 2028/2029 and onwards
MLP:
5% for 2025/2026
5% for 2026/2027
10% for 2027/2028
10% for 2028/2029 and onwards

 

Extended Producer Responsibility schemes are a vital part of any nation’s path towards achieving a Circular plastics economy in which waste is a valuable resource used to address a range of economic, social and environmental challenges. Lucro highly welcomes these new guidelines on Extended Producer Responsibility as a means to stimulate the transition towards a circular economy in India. EPR is needed to translate principles into action and is therefore crucial for a circular plastics economy, contributing to sustainable development.

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