The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) recently released new draft regulations for waste tyres on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
The MOEF&CC published the EPR Rules on December 31, 2021, which require producers and recyclers of waste tyres to register on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) online.
Tyre producers will be responsible for complying with EPR regulations by acquiring EPR certifications solely from authorised recyclers. They, like the recyclers, will be required to file quarterly reports. Recyclers will also be required to publish information on the number of waste tyres used and end products generated, EPR Certificates sold, and other relevant data on the portal on a monthly basis in the form prescribed by the CPCB.
In terms of environmental compensation, the CPCB will establish rules for imposing and collecting environmental compensation from producers who fail to meet the regulations’ duties.
The MoEFCC is seeking feedback on the proposed notification during the next two months.
‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ means the responsibility of the producer of tyres to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste tyres as per the provisions of this regulation, an official from the Ministry said, adding: “The term ‘Environmentally sound management of waste tyre’ means taking all steps required to ensure that waste tyre is managed in a manner, which shall protect health and environment against any adverse effects, which may result from such waste tyre.”
According to an article in tyre and rubber recycling, as the single largest supplier of waste tyres to India, a reduction in the Indian market might have a significant impact on the UK waste tyre sector.