EPR REGISTRATION FOR E- WASTE MANAGEMENT

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) refers to the Producer and manufacture’s responsibility for taking care of a product and ensuring its environmentally friendly management throughout its entire life. EPR is essentially a waste management concept that encourages producer and manufactures to create products and manufacturing methods that are eco-friendly and easily recyclable. Here, producers are individuals or entity involved in selling electrical and electronic equipment. This includes those who Make and sell these products under their own brand, or Sell assembled products under their brand made by others, or Sell imported electrical and electronic equipment, or Import used electrical and electronic equipment.

 

According to the EPR E-Waste (Management) Rules of 2022 the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework is a set of rules for handling electronic waste. These rules apply to four types of entities: manufacturers, producers, refurbishers, and recyclers. To follow these rules, these entities must register on an online portal created by the Central Pollution Control Board. If an entity falls into more than one category, they need to register separately for each. It's not allowed for any entity to conduct business without being registered. Additionally, entities on the portal can only work with others who are also registered, and not with those who are not. Now talking about their responsibilities they need to follow as given below:

EPR  Registration For Manufacturer's Responsibilities:

  1. Register on the portal.
  2. They have to ensure that they will recycle and fulfill the EPR compliance with the registered recyclers.
  3. Submit annual and quarterly returns on the portal by the end of the following month.

EPR Registration For Producer's Responsibilities:

  • Register on the portal.
  • Meet extended producer responsibility targets through the portal.
  • Create awareness through various means of communication.
  • They have to ensure that they will recycle and fulfill the EPR compliance with the registered recyclers
  • Submit annual and quarterly returns on the portal by the end of the following month.

EPR For Refurbisher's Responsibilities:

  1. Register on the portal.
  2. Ensure refurbished equipment complies with relevant standards.
  3. Submit annual and quarterly returns on the portal by the end of the following month.

EPR For Bulk Consumer's Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure e-waste is given to registered producers, refurbishers, or recyclers.

EPR For Recycler's Responsibilities:

  1. Register on the portal.
  2. Follow standards for facility and recycling processes set by the Central Pollution Control Board.
  3. Recycler will fulfill the EPR compliance of the producer and manufacturers.
  4. Keep records of e-waste activities on the portal and provide them for verification when needed.
  5. Accept non-listed e-waste for recycling if it doesn't contain radioactive material, reporting it on the portal.

BENEFITS OF EPR REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

  1. EPR Reduces Production Costs: EPR encourages recycling and reusing electronic waste, allowing manufacturers to save on raw materials and production costs by utilizing recycled materials.
  2. Eco-Friendly Waste Management: EPR ensures environmentally friendly management of electronic, plastic, or battery waste, safeguarding the environment from harm through proper disposal and recycling practices.
  3. Enhanced Product Reputation: Obtaining EPR Authorization from the Pollution Control Board acts as a seal of approval, signaling that the product is responsible and eco-friendly, thereby boosting its reputation and brand image in the market.
  4. Promoting Sustainable Development: EPR, focused on sustainability, reduces waste generation and minimizes the misuse of natural resources by recycling and reusing electronic, plastic, or battery waste. This commitment contributes to sustainable development and protects the planet for future generations. The EPR registration certificate underscores a company's dedication to responsible and sustainable business practices.

EPR REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR E-WASTE

The EPR Registration Process for EPR includes several steps, such as

1. Application Process:
  • Producers need to apply for registration on the portal.
  • Only online applications will be accepted; no physical applications will be considered.
  • The application must be submitted through the designated portal at 
2. Registration Validity:
  • The registration will be valid for five years from the date of issuance of the EPR Registration Certificate for the producer.
  • Producers must apply for renewal 120 days before the registration expires.
3. Application Requirements:
  • To obtain registration, producers must provide basic information along with details of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed in the market each financial year, specified by weight and covering the average end of life of their products.
  • Producers need to submit self-declarations for RoHS compliance and ensure availability of documents as per EN 50581.
  • Details of the awareness plan, as per Rule 6(3), must also be submitted.
4. Processing and Approval:
  • Once an application is received on the portal, officials from the concerned Division of CPCB will review it.
  • The application will be processed internally and submitted through the portal to the Competent Authority, CPCB, for approval.
  • Upon approval, the Registration Certificate containing the EPR Registration Number, list of EEE, and EPR obligations will be issued to the producer through the portal.
5. Communication of Certificate:
  • The Registration Certificate, including the Registration Number and EPR obligations, will be communicated through the portal to the producers.
6. Incomplete Applications:
  • In case of an incomplete application, all shortcomings will be communicated through the portal to the producer within 25 working days.
  • The producer has to respond within 07 working days through the portal.
  • After receiving the reply, the application will be processed as described in point (4) above.
7. Two-Part Submission:
  • The registration process involves submitting information in two parts, namely Part A and Part B.
8. Issuing Registration:
  • The CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) will provide registration within 30 working days after receiving a complete application on the registration portal.
9. Verification and Response:
  • If an application is incomplete, the CPCB may review it within 25 working days and share a digital checklist of shortcomings through the portal.
  • The checklist will be issued by the relevant CPCB division, and producers can view it by logging into the portal with their credentials.
10. Clarifications in EPR Camp:
  • Producers will have designated time slots in the EPR Camp, where they can discuss and seek clarification on the digital checklist through video conferencing.
11. Granting Registration:
  • The CPCB may approve registration on the portal and issue the EPR Registration Certificate along with targets and obligations to producers based on the information provided in their application.
12. Registration fee:
  • Producers will need to pay a registration fee, as per the decision of the Central Board in its 194th Board Meeting.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EPR REGISTRATION
  1. Trade Name / Company Name
  2. Legal Name
  3. Mobile Number
  4. Official e-mail id
  5. Land line Number (if available)
  6. CIN / Incorporation Certificate (if available)
  7. GST,
  8. IEC (if available),
  9. PAN of company, (if available)
  10. PAN of Authorized Person
  11. Postal Address (The address should be the place from where sale in entire country is being managed – Corporate Office address. Do note that address given by the applicant in its supporting documents i.e. Self- Declaration, IEC Certificate, GST Certificate, should be same as the address given in sign up form)
  12. Name of the Authorized Person and Address, Company E-mail id and Telephone Numbers
  13. List of EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) from the list of notified EEE along with their codes for which Registration is required.
CONCLUSION

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an important responsibility of a producer in India that makes producers responsible for handling the electronic waste from the products they make or import. To follow this rule, producers need to go through the EPR registration process with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) if they operate with electrical and electronic equipment in the Indian market.

Understanding the EPR certificate requirements is essential for a smooth certification process and compliance with environmental standards. Entities that embrace EPR registration and certification contribute to a greener and more responsible electronic waste management ecosystem.

E-Waste Management Products List

MANDATORY PRODUCTS LIST FOR EPR REGISTRATION

Notified Electrical & Electronic Equipment

Sr. No. Categories of electrical and electronic equipment EEE Code Average Life
1 Centralized data processing:: Mainframe ITEW1 10
2 Centralized data processing: Minicomputers ITEW1 5
3 Personal Computing: Personal Computers (Central Processing Unit with input and output devices) ITEW2 6
4 Personal Computing: Laptop Computers(Central Processing Unit with input and output devices) ITEW3 5
5 Personal Computing: Notebook Computers ITEW4 5
6 Personal Computing: Notepad Computers ITEW5 5
7 Printers including cartridges ITEW6 10
8 Copying equipment ITEW7 8
9 Electrical and electronic typewriters ITEW8 5
10 User terminals and systems ITEW9 6
11 Facsimile ITEW10 10
12 Telex ITEW11 5
13 Telephones ITEW12 9
14 Pay telephones ITEW13 9
15 Cordless telephones ITEW14 9
16 Cellular telephones : Feature phones ITEW15 7
17 Cellular telephones : Smart phones ITEW15 5
18 Answering systems ITEW16 5
19 Television sets (including sets based on (Liquid Crystal Display and Light Emitting Diode technology) CEEW1 9
20 Refrigerator CEEW2 10
21 Washing Machine CEEW3 9
22 Air-conditioners excluding centralized air conditioning plants CEEW4 10
23 Fluorescent and other Mercury containing lamps CEEW5 2
24 Products or equipment of Transmitting sound, images or other information by Telecommunications and Bluetooth enabled devices - Smart Watch/ Fitness Band, Bluetooth Headset,Virtual Reality Camera, etc ITEW17 3
25 Products or equipment of Transmitting sound, images or other information by Telecommunications – Telecommunication Antenna ITEW17 7
26 Products or equipment of Transmitting sound, images or other information by Telecommunications – Transmitters ITEW17 5
27 Products or equipment of Transmitting sound, images or other information by Telecommunications - Wi-Fi/wireless enabled Devices ITEW17 3
28 Products or equipment of Transmitting sound, images or other information by Telecommunications – Radio/Satellite Telephone ITEW17 7
29 walkie talkie ITEW17 5
30 BTS (all components excluding structure of tower) ITEW18 15
31 Tablets, I-PAD ITEW19 5
32 Phablets ITEW20 5
33 Scanners ITEW21 5
34 Routers - Routers, Access Point and Controller, LAN Switches, SDWAN, ioT Gateway, etc ITEW22 10
35 GPS ITEW23 5
36 UPS -upto 2 KVA ITEW24 7
37 UPS -greater than 2 KVA ITEW24 10
38 INVERTER -upto 2 KVA ITEW25 7
39 INVERTER -greater than 2 KVA ITEW25 10
40 Modems ITEW26 5
41 ELECTRONIC DATA STORAGE DEVICES FOR FLASH DRIVE (SMALL DEVICES) ITEW27 5
42 ELECTRONIC DATA STORAGE DEVICES FOR LARGE DRIVE LIKE SERVER ITEW27 10
43 Screen, Electronic Photo frames, Electronic Display Panel, Monitors CEEW6 7
44 Radio sets CEEW7 8
45 Set top Boxes CEEW8 8
46 Video Cameras CEEW9 10
47 Video Recorders CEEW10 5
48 Hi-Fi Recorders CEEW11 5
49 Audio Amplifiers- Speakers, Multi Media Speaker, Home Theatre, Sound Bar, Wireless Speaker etc CEEW12 10
50 Other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and image by telecommunications - CCTV Camera with DVR & NVR CEEW13 7
51 Other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and image by telecommunications – Projector CEEW13 7
52 Other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and image by telecommunications - Digital sound and video recorder and player CEEW13 7
53 Other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and image by telecommunications - Others products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and image by telecommunications CEEW13 7
54 HDCOM USED FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING CEEW13 10
55 Solar panels/cells, solar Photovoltaic panels/cells/modules. CEEW14 15
56 Luminaires for fluorescent lamps with the exception of luminaires in households CEEW15 2
57 High intensity discharge lamps, including pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps CEEW16 2
58 Low pressure sodium lamps CEEW17 2
59 Other lighting or equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light excluding filament bulbs -LED BULBS/TUBES/CONSUMER LUMINARIES & CONSUMER LED DRIVES CEEW18 4
60 Other lighting or equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light excluding filament bulbs -PROFESSIONALS LUMINARIES & DRIVES CEEW18 8
61 Digital camera CEEW19 5
62 Large cooling appliances LSEEW1 10
63 Freezers LSEEW2 10
64 Other large appliances used for refrigeration, conservation and storage of food LSEEW3 10
65 Clothes dryers LSEEW4 10
66 Dish Washing Machines LSEEW5 10
67 Electric cookers LSEEW6 7
68 Electric stoves LSEEW7 7
69 Electric hot plates LSEEW8 5
70 Microwaves, Microwave Oven LSEEW9 10
71 Other large appliances used for cooking and other processing of food LSEEW10 10
72 Electric heating appliances LSEEW11 10
73 Electric radiators LSEEW12 7
74 Other large appliances for heating rooms, beds, seating furniture LSEEW13 7
75 Electric fans LSEEW14 10
76 Other fanning, exhaust ventilation and conditioning equipment LSEEW15 10
77 Vacuum cleaners LSEEW16 10
78 Carpet sweepers LSEEW17 10
79 Other appliances for cleaning LSEEW18 10
80 Appliances used for sewing, knitting, weaving and other processing for textiles LSEEW19 7
81 Iron and other appliances for ironing, mangling and other care of clothing - Dry iron LSEEW20 15
82 Iron and other appliances for ironing, mangling and other care of clothing - Steam Iron/Garment Steamer LSEEW20 10
83 Grinders, coffee machines and equipment for opening or sealing containers or packages LSEEW21 10
84 Smoke detector LSEEW22 10
85 Heating Regulators LSEEW23 5
86 Thermostats LSEEW24 5
87 Automatic dispensers for hot drinks LSEEW25 7
88 Automatic dispensers for hot or cold bottles or cans LSEEW26 7
89 Automatic dispensers for solid products LSEEW27 10
90 Automatic dispensers for money LSEEW28 10
91 All appliances which deliver automatically all kinds of products LSEEW29 10
92 Indoor air purifier LSEEW30 10
93 Hair dryer LSEEW31 5
94 Electric shaver LSEEW32 5
95 Electric kettle LSEEW33 5
96 Electronic display panels/board/visual display unit LSEEW34 9
97 Drills EETW1 8
98 Saws EETW2 10
99 Sewing Machines EETW3 15
100 Equipment for turning, milling, sanding, grinding, sawing, cutting, shearing, drilling, making holes, punching, folding, bending or similar processing of wood, metal and other materials EETW4 10
101 Tools for riveting, nailing or screwing or removing rivets, nails, screws or similar uses EETW5 10
102 Tools for welding, soldering, or similar use EETW6 10
103 Equipment for spraying, spreading, dispersing or other treatment of liquid or gaseous substance by other means EETW7 10
104 Tools for mowing or other gardening activities EETW8 10
105 Electrical trains or car racing sets TLSEW1 2
106 Hand-held video games consoles TLSEW2 2
107 Video games TLSEW3 2
108 Computers for biking, diving, running, rowing, etc. TLSEW4 5
109 Sports equipment with electric or electronic components TLSEW5 5
110 Coin slot machines TLSEW6 8
111 Radiotherapy equipment and accessories MDW1 20
112 Cardiology equipment and accessories MDW2 10
113 Dialysis equipment and accessories MDW3 10
114 Pulmonary ventilators and accessories - Diagnostic Cardiology MDW4 7
115 Pulmonary ventilators and accessories - Anaesthesia & Respiratory MDW4 10
116 Nuclear Medicine Equipment and accessories MDW5 20
117 Laboratory equipment for in vitro diagnosis and accessories MDW6 15
118 Analysers and accessories MDW7 10
119 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - MRI MDW8 15
120 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - PET CT/PET MDW8 20
121 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - SPECT CT/ SPECT MDW8 20
122 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - CT MDW8 15
123 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories and US, probe etc MDW8 10
124 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - Computed Tomography MDW8 20
125 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Computed Tomography Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories - Ultrasound Diagnostic Imaging MDW8 10
126 Fertilization tests equipment and accessories MDW9 10
127 Other electric appliances/equipment/kits used for preventing, screening, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating illness sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, infection, injury, trauma, abuse or disability including the Mobiles, Tablets or any other device with the features having the potential of sex selection and their accessories- Maternal & Infant care products MDW10 7
128 Other electric appliances/equipment/kits used for preventing, screening, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating illness sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, infection, injury, trauma, abuse or disability including the Mobiles, Tablets or any other device with the features having the potential of sex selection and their accessories- C-Arm MDW10 12
129 Other electric appliances/equipment/kits used for preventing, screening, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating illness sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, infection, injury, trauma, abuse or disability including the Mobiles, Tablets or any other device with the features having the potential of sex selection and their accessories - Monitoring Solution products/High end MDW10 15
130 Other electric appliances/equipment/kits used for preventing, screening, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating illness sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, infection, injury, trauma, abuse or disability including the Mobiles, Tablets or any other device with the features having the potential of sex selection and their accessories - X-ray and fluoroscopy MDW10 12
131 Other electric appliances/equipment/kits used for preventing, screening, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating illness sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, infection, injury, trauma, abuse or disability including the Mobiles, Tablets or any other device with the features having the potential of sex selection and their accessories - Mammography devices MDW10 12
       
BENEFITS OF EPR REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE FOR E-WASTE
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1. EPR Reduces Production Costs

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2. Eco-Friendly Waste Management

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3. Enhanced Product Reputation

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4. Promoting Sustainable Development

1. EPR Reduces Production Costs

EPR encourages the recycling and reuse of electronic waste. This means manufacturers don't have to create new products from scratch. By using recycled materials, they save money on raw materials and production costs.

2. Eco-Friendly Waste Management

EPR ensures that electronic waste is managed in an environmentally friendly manner. This is crucial for protecting the environment from harm. Proper disposal and recycling prevent harmful substances from contaminating the soil and water.

3. Enhanced Product Reputation

Obtaining EPR Authorization from the Pollution Control Board is like getting a seal of approval for a product. It shows that the product is responsible and eco-friendly. This boosts the product's reputation and brand image in the market.

4. Promoting Sustainable Development

EPR is all about sustainability. By recycling and reusing electronic waste, it lowers waste generation and reduces the misuse of natural resources. This contributes to sustainable development and helps protect the planet for future generations.

FAQ

. Electronic Waste (E-Waste) means electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes. It comprises of end of life information technology and telecommunication (IT & Telecoms) equipment such as centralized data processing, mainframes, minicomputers, personal computers, laptops, printers, use terminals, cellular phone, etc. and end of life consumer electrical and electronics such as television sets, refrigerator, air conditioner, washing machine and fluorescent and other mercury containing lamps. This equipment along with their EEE code are listed in schedule – I of the rules (Annexure-I).

Under the E-Waste (M) Rules, 2016, 'Electrical and Electronic Equipment' (EEE) means equipment which are dependent on electric current or electro-magnetic field in order to become functional.

Yes, E-waste contains hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs), brominated flame retardants (BFR), etc.

A. E-waste can cause health risks and damage to environment if the E-waste is opened-up and attempts are made for retrieval of useful components or material in an un-scientific manner or if the material is disposed in open. The electronic and electrical equipment after their useful life may not cause any harm if stored safely in households/stores. The electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) have valuable materials and hazardous/toxics substances in their components. E-waste can be considered as a resource that contains useful material of economic benefit for recovery of plastics, iron, glass, aluminum, copper and precious metals such as silver, gold, platinum, and palladium and lead, cadmium, mercury etc. However, at the same time presence of heavy metals (As, Cd, Hg, Pb etc.) and other toxic substances such as polychlorinated bi-phenyls (PCBs), etched chemicals, etc. may pose risk to health and environment during handling and recovery operations.

The management of E-Waste in India is regulated through E – Waste (M) Rules, 2016 under the Environment Protection Act, 1986. Further the rules have been amended in 2018. Digital copies of these rules are uploaded at CPCB’s website (Link

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