Battery Waste Management (BWM) Rules, 2022 have been notified by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 22 Aug., 2022. These rules are applicable to all types of batteries regardless of chemistry, shape, volume, weight, material composition and use. As per these Rules, Producer (manufacturers, importers) shall have the obligation of Extended Producer Responsibility for the battery they introduce in the market and the Producer shall meet the collection and recycling targets as given in Schedule II of the rules to ensure the attainment of EPR obligations.
According to the Rules, Producers, Recyclers, and Refurbishers of Battery shall have to register through the online centralized portal developed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Recyclers and Refurbishers shall also have to register with the concerned SPCB/PCC on this centralized portal developed by CPCB. The portal will help in improving accountability, traceability and transparency of fulfilment of EPR Obligations. This portal would act as the single point data repository with respect to orders and guidelines related to implementation of BWM Rules, 2022. Presently Registration of Producer and Generation of EPR Target modules are operational. The remaining modules shall be integrated shortly.
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