Environment Ministry Drafts Notification for Waste Tyres

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change presented a notification for regulations for the extended producer responsibility (EPR) for waste tyres that will be effective from the new fiscal year.

According to the data, India scraps around 275,000 tyres each year but does not have a complete plan. About 3 million waste tyres are imported for recycling. The waste tyres are recycled as rubber, crumb rubber, crumb rubber modified bitumen (CRMB), recovered carbon black, and pyrolysis oil or char. A petitioner in the NGT case had said that the pyrolysis industry in India delivers cheap quality products that need to be banned to stop climate damage, and it also produces highly cancer-causing pollutants which are harmful to the respiratory system.

The draft notification cites the EPR obligation for the year 2022-23 as 35 per cent of the number of new tyres imported in the year 2020-21, EPR obligation of 2023-24 will be 70 per cent of new tyres imported in 2021-22 and the EPR obligation of 2024-25 will be 100 per cent of the number of new tyres manufactured or imported in the year 2022-23.

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