I am writing this message at a very critical situation due to non-clarity of rules & practical issues faced by the Industry for EPR registration under Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website. The Industry is in a dilemma and as I learned from the Industry friends there are lot of difficulties faced by industry members & owners for obtaining EPR Registrations under CPCB website.

Kishore P. Sampat

President

My Dear Plastics Industry Members,

I am writing this message at a very critical situation due to non-clarity of rules & practical issues faced by the Industry for EPR registration under Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website.

The Industry is in a dilemma and as I learned from the Industry friends there are lot of difficulties faced by industry members & owners for obtaining EPR Registrations under CPCB website.

As an association we are very much aware and have already met the Secretary- Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and CPCB officials and have apprised them on the issues and problems faced by the Industry.

At AIPMA we have increased the strength of staff in the Environment Cell. Our Environment Cell has created a Help Desk and have designed an advisory services to guide the members with the support of best professionals in this situation. Our Zonal Managers have specially been apprised and updated to help the members and reach out on their queries.

We have also taken the help of professionals and Experts on this subject to facilitate and assist the Environment Desk.

A representation is already made to the MoEF&CC, that the data and information they require from the applicants for the EPR Registration is humongous and small units are finding it difficult to comply. The current structure is creating confusion and adds upto multiple EPR levies as per the process of manufacturing. It needs to be looked in by the policy makers.

We are glad to inform you that MoEF&CC recognizes AIPMA and the efforts of Environment Cell of AIPMA and has granted a seat in the committee called as “Appraisal Committee for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR} implementation” as per Amendment to PWM Rules notified on February 16, 2022 which will be observing, evaluating and making suggestions to the government in the policy framing and implementation of EPR going forward. Our Environment Chairman – Mr. Hiten Bheda would be representing the industry in this high power committee.

There is a fear in the industry that the few items which are not within the specified SUP shall also be issued notices due to the misinterpretation by the government offices. AIPMA stands in the support of Plastics Industry owners and will work to its full strength to assist and support our members in this time of transition, but it has to be clearly understood by the industry owners that the law is framed and the industry is going ahead will have to follow it and have the registration and compliances done and there is no other way out.

Thus, as an industry let us play our part for a better India and better tomorrow.

Kishore P. Sampat
president@aipma.net