EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY & TRACEABILITY
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Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR is a policy that directs all plastic producers, importers and brand owners (PIBOs) to be responsible for product disposal once the consumer no longer has any use for it.
In March 2016 the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified the Plastic Waste Management (PWM 2016) Rules.
According to the amended PWM 2016, all PIBOs shall segregate and store the waste generated by them in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules.
PIBOs are also supposed to handover segregated wastes to authorised waste processing or disposal facilities or deposition centers. Failure to do so could result in heavy penalties in the near future.
In order to meet waste compliance, PIBOs reply on private producer responsibility organisations (PROs) such as Gemcorp.