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PRS
Is EPR
driving
change in
India?
Training waste
pickers at Lucro
Plastecycle
EPR framework
PRS
is the name under
which Sustainable
Plastics, among other partners,
is organising four diff erent exhibitions
this year in diff erent parts
of the world. One of those shows
is launching for the first time in
Mumbai, India. PRSI - the Plastics
Recycling Show India - will
take place at the Bombay Exhibition
Center in Mumbai on 4-6
December 2024. Selecting India
as a location for a recycling show
very much reflects the relevance
of recycling as a theme in the
country. Among others, India
has introduced extended producer
responsibility policies for
plastic waste that include stipulations
for mandatory targets
for recycling of plastic packaging
waste, reuse of rigid plastic
containers and use of recycled
content. Recycling rate targets
Extended producer responsibility
(EPR) is a worldwide policy
tool that redefines responsibility
for managing product plastic
waste and emphasises sustainability.
Within an EPR framework,
the responsibility for managing
plastic waste shifts from
the end consumer and government
authorities, such as municipal
corporations, to producers,
manufacturers and brand owners.
Germany pioneered the establishment
of an EPR system in
the 1990s, specifically for packAyush
Aggarwal
This year, the PRS - short for Plastic Recycling Shows - brand is extending its scope
to India. Why India? The country is moving ahead with environmental sustainability,
among other things, through the implementation of guidelines on Extended Producer
Responsibility for Plastic Packaging, implemented through the Plastic Waste
Amendment Rules in 2022, which is expected to boost the country's plastics recycling
performance. Here, Ayush Aggarwal, associate consultant at ChemBizR, explores
how countries like India are altering their ways following the implementation of EPR.
of 30-50 percent have been set
for various plastic packaging by
2025, along with recycled plastic
content requirements of 5-30
percent. The recycling rate target
for rigid plastic, starting at
50 percent in 2025, will rise to 80
percent by 2028.
aging, leading the way among
early adopters globally.
In 2022, it was estimated
that 360 million metric tons of
plastic waste were generated
globally, with the Asia Pacific,
North America and Europe accounting
for 40%, 25% and 10%,
respectively, of the total waste
generation. The realisation that
manufacturers have a crucial
role in minimising the environmental
impact of their products
throughout their life cycle, from
production to disposal, gave
rise to the development of an
EPR framework, under which
manufacturers are legally and
financially accountable for their
products throughout their entire
life cycle. This is an eff ort to
promote eco-friendly product
design, reduce waste generation
at both post-industrial and
post-consumer levels, and encontinued
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