EPR Registration (Extended Producer Responsibility Registration) for Plastic Waste Management
Obtain EPR Registration with our expert team!
Obtain EPR Registration with our expert team!
What is EPR Registration?
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) entails the responsibility of Producers for managing their products in an environmentally sound manner until the end of their life cycle. On February 16, 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India, introduced an amendment to the PWM Rules, which mandates that Producers, Importers, Brand-Owners (PIBOs), and Plastic Waste Processors comply with the EPR guidelines specified in Schedule II of the PWM Rules.
As per the EPR guidelines for plastic packaging, PIBOs and Plastic Waste Processors must register on the centralized online EPR portal established by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Plastic Waste Management. PIBOs must obtain EPR Registration for Plastic Waste Management from the CPCB.
For PIBOs operating in one or two states/UTs, registration with the relevant State Pollution Control Boards (SPCB/PCC) is mandatory, while those operating in more than two states/UTs must register with the CPCB.
PIBOs must ensure that plastic waste is processed through Plastic Waste Processors (PWPs) according to an action plan to meet the designated EPR targets. They must obtain a PWP certificate based on the amount of plastic waste processed by PWPs and use these certificates to satisfy their EPR targets. Failure to comply with the PWM rules may result in the imposition of environmental compensation and disciplinary action.
Who are required to obtain EPR Registration?
Following entities are required to obtain an EPR registration certificate from Central Pollution Control Board:
What types of plastic packaging is covered under EPR Registration?
The scope of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) covers the following plastic packaging categories:
What are the documents required for EPR Registration
The following documents are required for EPR registration:
What is the procedure for obtaining EPR Registration?
PIBOs can obtain EPR for Plastic Waste Management by submitting an online application, along with all necessary information, documents, and application fees. The process for EPR registration is as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions
All you need to know before applying for EPR Registration:
EPR refers to the responsibility of producers to manage their products in an environmentally sustainable way until the end of their life cycle.
Yes, the EPR Guidelines were notified by the MoEF&CC on February 16, 2022, through the Fourth Amendment to Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016.
Producers, Importers, Brand Owners, and Plastic Waste Processors involved in recycling, waste to energy, waste to oil, and industrial composting must register on the centralized portal developed by CPCB.
PIBOs that operate in one or two states/UTs must register with the concerned SPCB/PCC.
PIBOs that operate in more than two states/UTs must register with CPCB. Note that brand owners, including online platforms/marketplaces and supermarkets/retail chains, other than those that are micro and small enterprises as per the criteria of the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, must refer to Section 3 & 4 of the aforementioned EPR Guidelines for more details.
A PDF copy of the Company’s PAN, CIN & GST (the combined copies of GST invoices in all the States/UTs where the PIBO is operating) and a PDF copy of the authorized person’s PAN & Aadhar are required. Note that Proprietorship and partnership firms must provide PAN and GST numbers for registration on the EPR portal, and CIN numbers are applicable for companies registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
The following plastic packaging categories are covered under EPR: Category I: Rigid plastic packaging, Category II: Flexible plastic packaging of a single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic), plastic sheets or like and covers made of plastic sheet, carry bags, plastic sachet, or pouches, Category III: Multilayered plastic packaging (at least one layer of plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic), Category IV: Plastic sheet or like used for packaging as well as carry bags made of compostable plastics. Please refer to Section 5 of the EPR Guidelines for more information.
Pre-consumer plastic packaging waste refers to plastic packaging waste generated in the form of rejects or discards during the manufacturing of plastic packaging and plastic packaging waste generated during the packaging of a product, including rejects and discards, before the plastic packaging reaches the end-use consumer of the product.
Post-consumer plastic packaging waste refers to plastic packaging waste generated by the end-use consumer after the intended use of the packaging is completed and is no longer being used for its intended purpose.
The EPR target pertains to the plastic waste introduced into the market by Producers and Importers. Please refer to Section 7 of the EPR Guidelines for more details.
All Producers are required to submit the consents issued for their production facilities. Brand-owners who own production facilities should also submit consents.
- Application fees for EPR Registration of PIBOs:
Plastic Waste Generation (Tonnes per Annum)
Application Fee (INR)
Less than 1,000
Between 1,000 to 10,000
More than 10,000
- Application fees for EPR Registration of Plastic Waste Processors:
Production Capacity Slab (Tonnes per Annum)
Application Fee (INR)
Less than 200
Between 200 to 2000
More than 2000
Only entities engaged in plastic waste processing, such as recycling, co-processing, waste to energy, waste to oil, need to be registered as PWP.
A PIBO must register both as PIBO and Recycler with the relevant documentation. Only recyclers can receive credits, and the transaction of credits to PIBO must be documented.
If the entity falls into multiple categories, it must use a different email ID to register in each category. The company KYC documents, including the company’s PAN, GST, and CIN, must be the same for each category.
The equivalent quantity of plastic waste is considered for the generation of EPR Certificates. The waste may be characterized to determine the actual plastic quantity. According to the report “Assessment & Characteristics of Plastic Waste generated in 60 cities” published by CPCB, the average plastic waste generation is approximately 6.92% of MSW. If the actual characterization is not available, this average plastic percentage will be considered for the purpose.
If the entity is operating in one or more than two states/UTs, the applicant must apply for a fresh application on the portal with the same login credentials and pay the application fees as per SOP. If the entity is operating in two states/UTs, the applicant must apply for a fresh application on the portal with the same login credentials and pay the application fees as per SOP, in case the application is rejected by one or both State/UTs.
If the concerned Brand owners are not registered on the centralized EPR portal, the producer/importer may register on the portal, and their liabilities for fulfilling the EPR target will be adjusted while filing the Annual Report on the portal.
The entity must first register as a brand owner and provide details of its plastic waste generation, including any imported plastic. Once registered as a brand owner, the entity must also register as an importer and provide information on imported plastics and materials sold to the brand owner. By completing these steps, the firm will have zero liabilities as an importer.
The weight of the plastic layer is the primary consideration for EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility).
If a third-party manufacturer is not associated with a brand name, the EPR liabilities are the responsibility of the brand owners/producers to whom the products are sold.
“Operations” refers to the sale of plastic packaging products, products with plastic packaging, carry bags, multilayered packaging, plastic sheets, or similar items in the Indian market.
“Raw material” for brand owners and importers refers to plastic packaging products, carry bags, multilayered packaging, plastic sheets, or similar items. For producers, the raw material refers to resin/granules used in the manufacturing of carry bags, multilayered packaging, plastic sheets, or similar items.
Yes, all PIBOs must apply to the Centralized EPR Portal and pay the necessary application fee.
Yes, export-oriented units are exempt from fulfilling EPR obligations.
Micro and Small category brand owners are exempt from fulfilling EPR obligations. All other entities must register on the Centralized EPR portal in accordance with the notified EPR Guidelines.tent
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