The EPR is the obligation placed on tire manufacturers to ensure environmentally sound management of waste tires in order to safeguard the environment and public health from any harmful effects that the waste tires may have. By doing this, Producers, Importers, Brand Owners of the Product, and Tyre Waste processors get many benefits, including pollution prevention.
What is EPR Tyre
Tyre EPR is a term used by the Governments to ensure that the tyres being manufactured or imported into India, are recycled, in an environmentally friendly manner, as & when, these tyres reach their end-of-life is known as Tyre Extended Producer Responsibility Authorization, EPRA.
EPR Tyre shall be applicable to the following entities, namely: -
- Recycler of waste tyre
means any person or entity who, -
- Manufactures and sells new tyre domestically
- Sells domestically under its own brand, new tyre manufactured by other manufacturers or suppliers
- Sells imported new tyre
- Imports vehicles fitted with new tyres
- Automobile manufacturers importing new tyre for use in new vehicles sold domestically
- Imports waste tyre
Means any person or entity engaged in the process of recycling
Means any process or action of converting waste tyre into following end products, in an environmentally sound manner and having facilities as elaborated in the standard operating procedure or guidelines as specified by the Central Pollution Control Board, namely; -
- Reclaimed rubber
- Crumb rubber
- Crumb rubber modified bitumen (CRMB)
- Recovered carbon black, which is usable as raw material for manufacture of new tyre
- Pyrolysis oil or Char, which is used only as a fuel and not as raw material for manufacture of new tyre
Retreading means the process of renewal of tread and sidewall rubber of a worn-out tyre having a good structural quality. The Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Certificate obligation on waste tyres that have been retreaded shall be deferred for one year.
- For Manufacturers or Importers of new tyres
Waste Tyre Recycling Target in Weight (Kilogram or Tons)
EPR obligation of the year 2022-2023 (the year in which this Schedule comes into force)
35% of the quantity of new manufactured or imported in year 2020-2021 tyres
EPR obligation of the year 2023-2024
70% of the quantity of new manufactured or imported in year 2021-2022 tyres
EPR obligation of the year 2024- 2025
100% of the quantity of new manufactured or imported in year 2022-2023 tyres
After the year 2024-2025 (year Y), the extended producer responsibility obligation shall be 100% of the quantity of new tyres manufactured or imported in the year (Y-2).
Units established after the 1st April, 2022, the extended producer responsibility obligation shall start after two years (Y) and shall be 100% of the new tyres manufactured or imported in the year (Y-2).
- Importer of Waste Tyres: -
- The EPR obligation for waste tyre importer shall be 100% of the tyre imported in year (Y-1)
- The import of waste tyre for the purpose of producing pyrolysis oil or char is prohibited.
- The waste tyre shall be allowed for retreading and a retreader shall have to get registered on the portal for issuance of retreading certificates.
- On production of retreading certificates, the extended producer responsibility obligation shall be deferred by one year for the corresponding quantity of waste tyre: Provided that the obligation shall be extinguished only after end of life disposal through a registered recycler.
- Reduces reliance on other waste disposals methods like burial or burning.
- EPR minimizes the burden on local municipalities to manage waste physically and financially.
- Ensures proper recycling and refurbishment of products and their parts.
- Facilitates easier and quicker disassembly of products.
- Encourages conservation of natural resources.
- Decreases the amount of waste generated
Responsibilities of the producer.
- The producer shall be responsible for fulfillment of extended producer responsibility by purchasing extended producer responsibility certificates from registered recyclers only.
- The producer shall be responsible to file annual and quarterly returns in the forms as specified by the Central Pollution Control Board on the portal on or before the end of the month succeeding the quarter to which the return relates and each registered entity shall have to file the quarterly return.
Responsibilities of the recycler.
- All the recycler shall submit on monthly basis the information regarding quantity of waste tyres used and end product produced, extended producer responsibility certificate sold and such other relevant information on the portal.
- All the recycler shall file annual and quarterly returns in the Form as specified on the portal on or before the end of the month succeeding the quarter to which the return relates.
Documents Required for EPR Tyre Registration
- GST Certificate
- IEC Certificate
- PAN of the Company/Firm
- Certificate of Incorporation (COI) in case of Company/LLP
- Partnership Deed in case of Firm
- Aadhar and PAN of Authorised Signatory
- Covering Letter – As Per Annexure A
- Undertaking - As Per Annexure B
- Tyre Composition - As Per Annexure C
- CA Certificate Certifying the sale and import of tyres of previous Three (3) years.
- Audit report of Previous Three (3) Years (form 3CA-CD).
- GST Annual Report of Previous Three (3) Years.
EPR registration for waste tyres is a significant step towards sustainable waste management and environmental protection. By holding producers accountable for their waste tyres, EPR encourages responsible disposal, recycling, and reuse practices. Eligible producers must adhere to the CPCB guidelines and develop a robust Waste Tyre Management Plan to ensure the proper handling of waste tyres. EPR not only benefits the environment but also promotes a culture of environmental responsibility and social consciousness among businesses. Embracing EPR for waste tyres is a collective effort towards building a cleaner and greener future for India. Let us all contribute to effective waste tyre management and environmental preservation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Entities those are required to register on the centralized portal developed by CPCB?
A. The following entities are required to register on the centralized portal developed by CPCB:
Q. If any entity is covered in more than one of the above categories i.e producer, recycler, or retreader, then what is the procedure for registration?
A. In case of any entity is covered in more than one category i.e producer, recycler, retreader then the said entity has to registered under those categories separately
Q. EPR Obligations are applicable to the producer importing new or used tyre?
A. The EPR obligation is applicable to the producers importing both new as well as used tyres.
Q. What assistance is provided for facilitating registration at CPCB’s Centralized Portal for Management of Waste Tyre?
A. Following assistance has been provided for facilitating registration at CPCB’s Centralized Portal for Management of Waste Tyre:
- Instruction sheet for filling of application is provided below the Sign in/login section.
- I-button with assisting provided in specific sections.
- Standard Operating Procedure uploaded on the website.
Q. What is the extended producer responsibility certificate?
A. The Central Pollution Control Board will assign extended producer responsibility obligations to a producer based on the quantity of tyre manufactured or imported by it. Based on the quantity assigned in EPR obligation, producer will accordingly purchase EPR certificate from a registered recycler. A producer can also purchase retreading certificate from the registered retreader for deferment of its EPR obligations.
Q. What will be the relevance of retreading certificate?
A. On production of retreading certificates, the extended producer responsibility obligation shall be deferred by one year for the corresponding quantity of waste tyres. Provided that the obligation shall be extinguished only after end-of-life disposal through a registered recycler.
Q. How will CPCB calculate the eligible quantity to generate extended producer responsibility certificates?
A. Quantity eligible for generating extended producer responsibility certificates (QEPR = QP x CF x WP)
- QP Quantity of end product
- CF Conversion factor determined by CPCB
- WP Weightage allotted to the end product
Q. What is the conversion factor?
A. conversion factor’’ means units of waste tyre needed to produce one unit of each end product of recycling. conversion factor for each end product shall be determined by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Q. Do Recyclers who have obtained a valid SPCB/PCC registration also need to apply on the Centralized EPR Portal?
A. Yes, a recyclers who has valid authorization from the concerned SPCB/PCC is also required to register at the Centralized portal with the necessary application fee.
Q. Whether EPR obligations are also applicable on the tyres exported by the Producers?
A. The EPR obligations are not applicable on quantity of tyres exported by a producer.
Q. Which category of producers are exempted from fulfilling EPR obligations?
A. The Micro & Small category of Brand owners are exempted from fulfilling EPR obligation. Remaining all entities are required to be registered on Centralized EPR portal in line with notified EPR Guidelines.
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