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CPCB issued Notice dated 28th May 2024 based on MoEFCC's Office Memorandum dated 17th May 2024 to all the Producers obligated under Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022, focusing on

  • Minimum Use of Domestically Recycled Materials.
  • Marking of EPR Registration No. on Battery or Battery Packs or packaging of the equipment having battery or battery pack.

CPCB issued notice with reference to registration of Producer, Importer, Brand Owners (PIBOs) & Plastic Waste Processor (PWPs) on CPCB EPR portal under Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

  • Due to Force Majeure conditions, deadline for registration is extended to May 31, 2024 .
  • SPCBs/PCCs must grant or renew Consents to Operate only after EPR Portal registration, including registration number in the consent.
  • Producers/Importers/Recyclers cannot sell to non-registered Brand-owners (except MSMEs) and must include brand-owner’s registration number in GST E-invoices.

CPCB issued notice with reference Extension in timeline for filing of Annual Return (AR) by Producer, Importer, Brand Owners (PIBOs) & Plastic Waste Processor (PWPs) registered during FY 2022-23 on CPCB EPR portal under Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

  • Deadline to file annual returns for FY 22-23 has been extended to May 31, 2024 . All PIBO to ensure to file annual returns within stipulated timeline.
  • Annual Report shall be auto filed after May 31, 2024 on the Centralized EPR Portal.
  • Environmental Compensation (EC) shall be levied on registered PIBOs/PWPs as per CPCB guidelines for late filing of the Annual Report.

Transactions of EPR Credits by the Producers Registered on the EPR Portal for Battery Waste Management

According to the regulations outlined in the Battery Waste Management (BWM) Rules 2022 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, producers are mandated to adhere to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for the batteries they introduce into the market. As specified in Schedule 2 of the BWM Rules 2022, producers are expected to fulfill their EPR obligations by obtaining EPR Certificates from recyclers or refurbishers.

It has come to attention that while registered recyclers have generated a total of 197,890.38 Tonnes of EPR Credits metal wise, only 27,580.52 Tonnes of these credits have been transferred to producers. Consequently, it is imperative for all producers to procure the EPR credits generated by recyclers in order to meet their EPR targets and avoid non-compliance with the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has established deadlines for EPR targets and the submission of annual returns for the financial years 2022-23 and 2023-24 under the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022

  • Compliance with EPR targets for batteries, as outlined in the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022 for batteries covered under Schedule 1 of the E-waste Management Rules, will be considered as part of the obligations specified in the E-waste Management Rules 2016.
  • The EPR compliance target for the financial year 2022-23 must be achieved by the year 2023-24.
  • Producers have been provided with a deadline for complying with EPR targets and submitting annual returns for the financial years 2022-23 and 2023-24, which is set for June 30, 2024

Letter regarding clearing of consignments related to import of battery as well as equipment containing battery.

Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change notified Battery waste Management Rules on 22nd August 2022 envisages to every Producer which includes Importers who are involved in importing batteries regardless of their chemistry, shape, size, volume, weight, material composition and use are required to get themselves registered on the authorized Battery Portal developed by the CPCB.

Custom department officials have been instructed to verify the CPCB-issued registration certificate when clearing imported battery consignments.

Notification on Fulfillment of EPR Obligations for Battery Producers

Battery producers are required to collaborate with certified waste battery recyclers to obtain EPR certificates in accordance with the Battery Waste Management Rules 2022, through the online EPR portal managed by the CPCB. This ensures their compliance with recycling and refurbishing obligations. The notification emphasizes the importance of meeting EPR targets and outlines the consequences for non-compliance.

Simplified EPR Registration Process for PIBOs

In a significant regulatory update, Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners (PIBOs) under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework are no longer required to renew their registration. Changes to registration will now only be made upon specific requests from PIBOs, simplifying the administrative process and enhancing operational efficiency in the sector.

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