Extension of Timeline for Filing of Quarterly and Annual Returns till under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022

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Extension of Timeline for Filing of Quarterly and Annual Returns till under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022
27 May, 2024 By

Extension of Timeline for Filing of Quarterly and Annual Returns till under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022

Introduction

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently announced an extension of the timeline for filing quarterly and annual returns under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022. This blog explores the implications of this extension and its significance for stakeholders in the e-waste management ecosystem.

Understanding the Extension Request:

The email dated 4th May, 2024, from the CPCB highlighted the representations received from Industry Associations, advocating for an extension of the filing deadline. The original deadline for filing returns for the financial year 2023-24 was set for 30th April, 2024.

CPCB's Request to the Ministry:

The CPCB requested the Ministry to extend the timeline until June 2024 to accommodate the concerns raised by industry stakeholders. Additionally, the extension period will facilitate activities related to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Certificate generation and transfer on the EPR portal.

Ministry's Response:

Following careful examination, the Ministry, in accordance with Rule 9A of the E-Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2024, has officially extended the deadline for filing annual and quarterly returns. The new deadline is set for 30th June, 2024, providing registered entities with additional time to comply with regulatory requirements.

Implications for Stakeholders:

  •  Producers, Importers, and Brand-Owners (PIBOs): The extension offers PIBOs relief and flexibility in meeting their reporting obligations. It allows them to ensure    accurate and timely submission of returns, thus enhancing compliance with the E-Waste (Management) Rules.
  • Industry Associations: The extension reflects a responsive approach by regulatory authorities to address industry concerns. It underscores the importance of collaborative engagement between regulators and stakeholders in fostering effective waste management practices.

EPR Registration Assistance:

For businesses seeking EPR Registration for E-Waste management, EVTL India emerges as a trusted consultant. With expertise in navigating regulatory frameworks, EVTL India provides comprehensive support to PIBOs in meeting their compliance obligations.

Conclusion:

The extension of the timeline for filing returns under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, represents a pragmatic response to industry needs. It demonstrates regulatory flexibility and commitment to fostering sustainable waste management practices. As stakeholders adapt to the revised timeline, proactive engagement and compliance remain essential for achieving environmental stewardship in the e-waste management landscape.

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