Draft SOP for Lead recycling units desirous of importing lead scrap/lead acid battery scrap

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has recently issued comprehensive Draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the recycling of lead scraps, including scrap lead-acid battery waste, lead acid battery plates, and other lead-based scraps and residues. These guidelines are aimed at ensuring environmentally responsible recycling practices and maintaining the safety and health of workers in the lead recycling industry.

Recyclers must Generate EPR Certificates through EPR Portal

Recyclers who handle electronic waste are now mandated to maintain records of sales and purchases of different recovered materials and e-waste through invoices linked to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. These records are essential for generating the EPR Certificate on the EPR Portal. In order to comply with this requirement, recyclers must adopt e-invoices through the GST Portal for the sale and purchase of various recovered materials and e-waste.

CPCB issues Provisional EPR Target for 2023-2024

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had previously announced an extension in the last date for Registered Producers, Importers, Brand Owners (PIBOs) to file the Annual Returns for 2022-2023. This extension was provided till 31st October, 2023. However, provisional EPR target 2023-2024 shall be applicable till actual EPR target is generated based on annual return for 2022-2023.

Notice for removal of difficulties in the implementation of the EPR Guidelines for Plastic Packaging

Provisions for accounting of plastic packaging sold by producers to unregistered brand owners, for assessment of EPR target, have been made on the EPR portal. Provisional EPR target shall be generated at the time of registration. The final EPR target shall be provided during the annual return filing based on provision of complete details of sale to unregistered brand owners. This facility is available to producers who register on the EPR portal up till 30th June, 2023.