Enhancing Resource Efficiency trough Extended Producer Responsibility – Sector Study on Plastic Packaging and E-Waste Management in India

Enhancing Resource Efficiency through Extended Producer Responsibility
Hemkhaus, Morton; Mikael Henzler, Sophia Hibler, Gautam Mehra, Jai Kumar Gaurav and Frederik Eisinger 2018: Enhancing Resource Efficiency trough Extended Producer Responsibility. Sector Study on Plastic Packaging and E-Waste Management in India. New Delhi: EU-REI/GIZ.

With the introduction of the Plastic Waste Management Rules and E-waste Management Rules in 2016, the Indian government reaffirmed the importance of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as a central policy approach to manage the country’s growing amounts of waste. Supporting the implementation of this principle through a set of complementary policy tools can increase resource efficiency and makes a valuable contribution in the transition towards a circular economy.

The study analyses the economics of the plastics and electronics industries, material flows resulting from this as well as the existing policy landscape with regards to the implementation of EPR. Based on numerous expert interviews and three stakeholder consultation workshops, the authors have developed various policy recommendations which drive resource efficiency in the area of plastic waste (particular packaging) and waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste).