Is factory waste considered as a part of EPR?

Is your factory waste under scrutiny? Is EPR necessary for factory waste?

To answer this question, we need to understand factory waste better. Here are some pointers:

  • Factory waste in this context refers to the process waste that is discarded due to some problem in its form, printing, composition etc.
  • Factory waste is not necessarily contaminated or soiled, it can also be a clean plastic but is discarded because it does not meet the standards of the company product.
  • Factory waste generally accounts to about 2% to 5% of the total plastic produced in the factory.

Definition of waste in any rules given by the government does not specify post-consumer or factory waste. Hence the ambit of EPR is both factory waste and post-consumer waste.

Plastic Waste Management Rules and the Action Plan guidelines are the documents required for compliance.

There are a few ways to ensure that it gets into the proper recycling chain.

  • Include in your post-consumer EPR process and transport it to the recycling centre.
  • If the waste magnitude is large, it can be auctioned where the recyclers or scrap dealers bid an amount for the waste.

This way you can ensure all the plastic waste is disposed scientifically, through the right channels to fulfil your EPR.