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In 2016, the Centre notified E-waste (Management) Rules and one of its highlights was the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It means the manufacturers of electric and electronic equipment must facilitate their collection and return it to authorized dismantlers or recyclers.
EPR refers to the responsibility for management of the disposal of products by producers once those products are designated as no longer useful by consumers. It is the commitment made by a producer to facilitate a reverse collection mechanism and recycling of end of life, post-consumer waste.
In the field of waste management, extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a strategy to add all of the environmental costs associated with a product throughout the product life cycle to the market price of that product.
EPR was defined as. “an environmental protection strategy to reach an environmental objective of a decreased total environmental impact of a product, by making the manufacturer of the product responsible for the entire life-cycle of the product and especially for the take-back, recycling and final disposal”.
Designed to divert and reduce waste, EPR closes the loop on materials management, recovering product waste when the consumer discards it and reusing it as a raw material to produce a new product or packaging material.
Traditionally, commercial businesses dispose of waste by employing the services of a waste management company to collect, transport, and, most often, landfill materials. However, EPR is a strategy that shifts the responsibility of post-consumer disposal from municipalities back to the producers.