Plastic waste is an increasing menace with a trail of long-lasting damage to our ecosystem. Nations are ramping up their commitments to ban plastic with low utility and single-use to stop the trail of the negative impact it causes in its lifecycle. Policies are an imperative measurement to mobilize a mass scale comprehensive momentum to sustainably handle and phase out single-use plastics. India has quite a few policies in place -Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 and Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021. The latest amendment is the first time the Indian government has categorized single-use plastics.
The Policy Times along with The Shakti Plastic Industries, RECYCLEAN, Ramky Group, and GRC India in association with MRAI, IPI, ICCE, EcoEx, Sampuran(E)arth & Greenscape is going to organize a National Conference on “Roadmap for EPR implementation of Plastics in India” on Thursday 18th November 2021 Online. Over 300 stakeholders from Recyclers, Waste Management associations, Sustainability officers, line ministries, and Pollution Control Boards are taking part in this conference.
The conference aims to address the issues of the plastic waste management ecosystem in India and devise a Roadmap for EPR implementation under the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules 2021.
The Amendment in discussion will emphasize the provisions of the ‘Draft Notification’ for the regulation of EPR under the Plastic Waste Management Rules of 2016, prohibition of Single-Use Plastic, Maintenance of Producer’s Accountability, Annual Data updation and verification via a centralized website, EPR certifications, Categorization of Plastics, Role of PROs and adoption of suitable methodologies for effective monitoring and rule enforcement, amongst many others.
However, there could be some challenges due to ground realities that needed to be mitigated based on the experience of implementation. This Conference intends to engage stakeholders to discuss –“1. The latest EPR implementation guidelines; 2. Current challenges and opportunities; 3. Future roadmap.”
The Policy in discussion creates a transparent, and reflective system for waste management for all stakeholders involved. It is absolutely necessary to have an integrated platform to address EPR best practices and experience for encouragement and extrapolation to each layer of the ecosystem so they become norms, not one-of-a-kind phenomenon.
The Policy Times is awarding some of the best brands and recyclers to celebrate their sustainability best practices and waste management achievement during the national conference. The Awardees during this conference are-Dabur India Limited under the category of Sustainability Business Excellence Award 2021 for Outstanding Contributions in Waste Management as a brand in ERP service, Vrindavan Plastics Industries under the category of Sustainability Business Excellence Award 2021 for Outstanding Contributions in Waste Management & plastics recycling under EPR Services, The Shakti Plastic Industries, EcoEX and Greenscape ECO Management Pvt under the category of Sustainability Business Excellence Award 2021 for Outstanding Contributions in Waste Management under EPR Services.