The Role of Stakeholders in EPR is a series of blogs that will highlight the duties and benefits of each stakeholder in the ecosystem.
EPR is a powerful tool that helps regulate waste management responsibilities among the stakeholders in the system. Stakeholders in EPR & Waste Ecosystem include:
- National Authority
- Producer Responsibility Organisation (PROs)
- Producers, Brands, and Importers (PIBOs)
- Recyclers & Aggregators
- Informal Sector
The Role of National Authority in EPR
The National Authority holds the reigns in controlling its implementation across the country. The National Authority is an umbrella word for Policymakers, Government agencies such as CPCB, SPCB, ULBs, and PCC who oversee the implementation and monitoring of the EPR framework. In a country as vast as India, where there are many types of waste produced, it is important to shift the responsibility to the Producers.
The Role of Consumers in EPR
Consumers are key stakeholders in the EPR framework. They drive the entire process based on their decisions. Our choices determine the consumption and ultimately the disposal of a product.
The key duty of a consumer is to bring a behavioural change in the way products are purchased, used, and disposed of after usage. The actions have a direct impact on creating a Circular Economy. Therefore, creating a sustainable future that uses optimal resources and reduces financial stress.
The Role of PRO’s in EPR
PROs link PIBOs, recyclers, and aggregators, by enabling PIBOs to fulfil their EPR targets.
Implementation of EPR is challenging for many PIBOs due to their pan-India presence. Setting up a waste challenging mechanism is not an easy feat to achieve. That is when PROs come into the picture. With on-field expertise, PROs establish waste channels around the country in order to help them achieve their targets.
The Role of PIBO’s in EPR
EPR is a crucial shift from a consumer-centric to a product-centric approach in addressing the life cycle of a product. Consequently, it enables PIBOs to effectively manage their waste and promote the recycling culture in India. The foremost duty is to establish a circular economy for the waste being generated by their products.
The Role of Informal Sector in EPR
The EPR implementation in the Indian context is contrastingly different, it is because the informal sector plays an extremely crucial role in managing plastic and e-waste in the country. The informal sector is fulfilling its responsibility of transacting waste through the right channels. It is important for the rest of the stakeholders to support this sector.
The Role of Recyclers in EPR
A recycler is the last stakeholder among the stakeholders involved in EPR. The responsibilities of a recycler hold a great deal of importance. Recyclers and co-processors are the endpoints where the recycling and processing of plastic and e-waste happens.