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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
01-March-2011 15:42 IST
Extended Producer Responsibility System
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has notified the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 on 4th February, 2011. As per these Rules, in line with the principle of Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR), the municipal authority may ask the manufacturers, either collectively or individually to provide the required finance to establish the plastic waste collection centers.

The Ministry has published the draft e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2010. The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has been incorporated in the draft rules. Accordingly, the producers are required to finance, and organize a system for environmentally sound management of e-waste generated from their products. The concept of EPR has been adopted as being practised in various countries, requiring the producers to take responsibility for the end of life of their products and to ensure that the waste from such products is channelised for safe handling. Further, a new financial assistance scheme has been introduced to provide financial assistance up to 25% of the total cost for setting up an Integrated E-waste recycling facility on Public Private Partnership basis, subject to matching contribution by the State Government.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Shri M.P. Achuthan in Rajya Sabha today.