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What is extended producer responsibility in plastic waste management ?

Extended Producers Responsibility means the responsibility of a producer (includes Brand-owners/Importers) for the environmentally sound management of the product until the end of its life.

Under EPR in accordance with PWM Rules 2016 (amendment 2018)  PIBOM’s (Producers, Importers and Brand Owners, Manufacturers) are given a significant responsibility for the recycling or disposal of post-consumer waste.

What is PRO?

The waste generators such as brand owners/producers are required to collect back the end of life waste generated through their business. This responsibility is met through waste collection agencies who are recognized as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) .

Implementation of EPR activity

  1. Very first step start with Registration at CPCB/SPCB by submission of relevant documents required by CPCB which mainly consist of an action plan, agreement, certificates, licenses, etc.
  2. Next step starts with the role of authorised waste management agency to collect back agreed volume of post consumer plastic waste in a period of 1 year from desired location and recycle or dispose it safely as per CPCB/SPCB guidelines.
  3. Waste collection agency will present relevant documents for proof of waste collection activity
  4. On behalf of PIBOM’s agency will submit quarterly report to CPCB.
  5. After completion of activity final report will be submitted by agency to PIBOM’s

Post-Consumer Waste Management System (Extended Producers Responsibility) – Pictorial Flow Chart

In fact, for the sake of operational convenience, TSPI has introduced “Digital documentation system” which would facilitate to store all EPR related documents with detailed monthly reports on our Cloud Server which can be accessed as and when needed maintaining traceability & avoid duplicity.

Related Documents:

MOEFCC Notification:

https://cpcb.nic.in/displaypdf.php?id=cGxhc3RpY3dhc3RlL1BXTV9HYXpldHRlLnBkZg==

Guideline for disposal of Multi Layered Plastic Waste:

https://cpcb.nic.in/uploads/plasticwaste/guidelines_nonrecyclable_fraction_24.04.2018.pdf

How is MLP Currently Managed and the “Unrecyclable” Myth

What is MLP?

MLP stands for Multi-Layered Plastic. It is a type of plastic most commonly used for packaging of food items such as chips, biscuits, chocolates and other snacks. Mostly, MLP packets have two sheets of plastic enclosing a layer of aluminium, but technically MLP can be any material that has at least one layer of plastic.

These multiple layers prevent food contamination and help in transport and storage. Hence, this is the best way in which packaged food can reach people, say food majors. But waste collectors and rag pickers typically don’t collect this waste, as it is extremely low value (INR 2-4/Kg compared to INR 25-30/Kg for PET, for example) and is therefore doomed to littering our streets, dumps and sewage canals.

How Much MLP Do We Generate?

(June 2019, ET article) According to a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry study, it is estimated that the plastic producing industry in India is estimated to grow to 22 million tonnes (MT) a year by 2020 from 13.4 MT in 2015 and nearly half of this is single-use plastic (majorly MLP).

(Dec 2019, HT article) Maharashtra Pollution Control Board data states that, of 23,600 metric ton (MT) of MLP waste accumulated in the state in 2019, 12,500MT has been collected by PROs and sent to cement industries or disposed through a process called pyrolysis.

The remaining waste has either ended up burnt, at landfills or littering land and natural water bodies.

How is MLP Currently Managed and the “Unrecyclable” Myth

It is widely believed by the government, manufacturers, brands and consumers that the large amount of MLP and MLP waste being generated is “non-recyclable” due to its low value.

Due to this “myth”, MLP waste is either:

1) taken to cement kilns for co-processing or 2) mixed with bitumen for road construction, or it is also disposed of using 3) WTE (Waste to Energy) or 4)  Pyrolysis.

However, none of these methods are ideal or sustainable as they are either extremely polluting or cause economic loss of the material (i.e. MLP).

It is untrue that MLP waste cannot be recycled. There is a fifth and ideal method- Waste to Granules (i.e. Recycling)

Recycling of MLP

The Shakti Plastic Industries  has invested in the technology to recycle MLP and has the capacity to convert MLP waste into granules which are fit to be used for making a variety products ranging from chairs, stools, benches, pallets, flower pots to much more!

In terms of benefit to the manufacturer, producers and end consumers, recycled MLP pellets are far cheaper than those made from virgin plastic pellets apart from being sustainable, contributing to a circular economy and ensuring that the large amount of untreated MLP plastic waste does not pollute our shared environment. 

Way Forward for Encouraging MLP Waste Recycling

In order to promote the recycling of MLP on a large scale, the industry needs the following:

  • Strict legislation
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Government support and subsidies
  • Zero custom duty on import of MLP recycling machinery and technology
  • Compulsory economic support through EPR by the brands/ manufacturers/ producers/ importers of products using MLP packaging.
  • Decentralised waste systems to ensure greatest collection and transportation of MLP waste from areas of waste generation to the recyclers.

Challenges in Recycling MLP Waste

  • Highly power intensive industry
  • Processes involve large water consumption and requirement of an ETP plant
  • Large investments
  • Unavailability of appropriate technology on a large scale
  • Collection of MLP waste from areas of generation including rural and hard-to-reach areas
  • Quality control and standardisation of MLP waste and resulting recycled plastic pellet

Benefits of MLP Recycling

  • Sustainable solution for managing the growing MLP waste
  • Manages a highly polluting type of plastic waste that is widely littered and left uncollected
  • Contributes to a Circular Economy
  • Economically beneficial
  • Resource recovery
  • Employment and Job Creation
  • Incentivisation for and upliftment of informal workers through the chain
  • Supports formalisation, organisation, structuring and growth for all the stakeholders in the recycling chain in India (waste workers and rag-pickers, aggregators, recyclers, PROs, etc.)

 

Plastic Recycling, Challenges, Stages In Recycling And Its Benefits

Plastic is supposed to be the greatest product of the 20th century, but improper disposal and management of plastic made it a bigger issue. Plastic can not be disposed but it can be recycled again and again and again.

At The Shakti Plastics Industries, we are committed to creating a better future for the world by recycling even the non-recyclable. Whether it’s a mold from a store, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, we collect and recycle almost any form of plastic waste. With end-to-end waste management services that cater to individual collectors, companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, NGOs and small businesses, we are poised to transform millions of tonnes of plastic waste into new products of great value. Proud Recycler.

What is Plastic Recycling?

  • Plastic Recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products
  • Very few types of plastic waste which can not be recycled sent to cement kilns, Road Construction & Pyrolysis

Challenges in plastic recycling

  • Lack of awareness leads to mixing of all kind of waste
  • Due to plastic density, it occupies more space and cost double to transport
  • Plastic requires manual segregation before recycling. Lack of infrastructure and government policies
  • Myths and lack of recycled plastic products acceptance in-market leads more plastic waste to landfills

Stages in plastic waste recycling

Recycling of plastic waste is consist of the following stages:

  • Collection: Plastic waste is collected from various collection sources like Rag Pickers, Municipality, Societies, Kabadiwalas and Awareness Drives.
  • Sorting: Collected plastic waste needs to be sorted accordingly so it can be processed further in shredding machine
  • Washing: Sorted plastic waste usually contains dust, adhesive and more impurities that need to be washed away. This is done in the washing line at the recycling facility.
  • Shredding: Once segregated and washed now plastic is shredded to smaller pieces by process of shredding.
  • Identification and Classification of Plastic: After shredding, proper testing of the plastic pellets are conducted in order to ascertain their quality and class.
  • Extruding: Running on the line next step is extrusion, In this process, shredded plastic waste is melted and extruded and converted to plastic granules. Also In order to enhance properties of the material, even some extra filling are added to the material

Recycling Process

Processes of Recycling & Disposal Of Non-Recyclable

Very few types of plastic waste which can not be recycled sent to cement kilns, Road Construction & Pyrolysis

  • Pyrolisis: Pyrolysis generally consists of heating the material above its decomposition temperature, breaking chemical bonds in its molecules.
  • Cement Kilns: Plastic waste that can not be recycled anymore are sent to cement kilns.

Advantages of Plastic Recycling

Knowing the process of recycling it does not only helps us manage waste but also contributes in a better and safer environment.

  • The huge amount of plastic production: Plastic is used for manufacturing households and goods which are used on a daily basis, there is more plastic in our garbage than any other type of plastic. Recycling puts the same plastic waste in the circular economy.
  • Conservation of Energy and Natural Resources: virgin plastic requires resources like chemicals and production energy recycled plastic granules can full fill the demand of plastic granules for plastic products manufacturing and helps conserve energy and natural resources.
  • Clears Landfill Space:  Plastic waste accumulated makes huge piles of plastic waste on the landfill as the plastic takes ages to decompose fills up landfill which further causes the release of toxic air and pollution leading to diseases.

Plastic recycling not only promotes proper waste management of plastic waste but also helps conserve the environment.

 

WE HAVE STARTED SUPPLYING MATERIALS TO ROAD CONTRACTORS ACROSS INDIA, ONE OF THE BEST WAY TO DISPOSE OF THE PLASTIC MLP WASTE

The Shakti Plastics Industries is committed to make a difference to the society.

We have taken a few small steps to ensure we can make a change and brings smiles on the faces of many people across the nation, today.

We’ve built borewells at various villages to make water more accessible to people. We engaged tribals and the underprivileged sections of the society and educated them in Computers, Sewing, Electrical Course and Personality Development.

We’ve conducted various tree plantation drives to ensure the country becomes more green. We provide educational and medical aids to various sections of the society and have a well-equipped medical center run by our Charitable Trust, Smt. RADHADEVI PODAR TRUST.

SHAKTI PLASTICS INDUSTRIES HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WIDELY AS A PIONEER IN THE FIELD OF TOTAL WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY IN MUMBAI

Incepted in 1969, The Shakti Plastics Industries is a Mumbai based company that recycles all types of plastic waste, and one of the leading recyclers of polymer waste in India. Established by Mr. Vishwanath Poddar, the company has been built over a legacy of 3 generations, spearheaded by leaders who have shown relentless passion and responsibility towards building and sustaining a clean and safe environment for our future generations as well as for Mother Earth.

For the past 5 decades, Shakti Plastics has been recognized widely as a pioneer in the field of plastic waste management that started off by manufacturing all types of reprocessed plastic granules from waste or scrap.