EPR for Battery
What is meant by battery and used battery?
The 2001 Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules were enacted in the year 2001 in the month of May for regulating the collection, recycling, and characterization plus import of used Lithium-Ion/ lead-acid batteries in the country. These EPR for Battery in Delhi regulations inter-alia make it compulsory for consumers to give back used batteries. Every single assembler/manufacturer/importer/ re-conditioner is accountable for accumulating used batteries against brand-new ones marketed according to the agenda defined in these regulations. It is possible to auction or sell these types of used Lithium-ion/ lead acid batteries to registered recyclers only.
As per the 2010 Batteries (Management and Handling) Amendment regulations, the term battery refers to an acid/Lithium-ion battery that provides us with electrical energy consisting of lead, Lithium metal. By the term used batteries, we refer to use, outdated, or damaged lead acid/Lithium-ion batteries.
Who requires the 2010 registration under Batteries (Management and Handling) Amendment Regulations?
- • Every importer
- • Recycler
- • Manufacturer
- • Assembler
- • Dealer
- • It is imperative for the re-conditioner to register itself under these regulations in the ministry.
Accountabilities of importer, manufacturer, re-conditioner, and assembler
Make certain that used batteries are collected back according to the agenda against brand-new batteries sold apart from those retailed to bulk consumer(s) and original manufacturer of equipment; Make sure that the used batteries that are collected back are of identical specifications and types similar to the brand-new batteries sold; a half-yearly return of their buy-back and sales have to be filed to the State Board by 30th June and 30th December every year in Form- I;
Collection centres have to be set up either jointly or individually at different locations to collect used batteries from dealers or consumers;
Make sure that the collected used batteries are only sent to the recyclers that have been registered,
Make sure that all the required arrangements have been made with the dealers for risk-free transportation to the premises of registered recyclers from collection centres;
Make certain that the environment does not get damaged at the time of transportation;
Make use of advertisements, posters, publications, and so forth to create public awareness in relation to the following:
Hazards caused by lead;
Accountability of consumers to give back used batteries to the dealers only or delivers at selected collection centres; and addresses of all selected collection centres and dealers.
- • Usage of the global sign of recycling on the batteries;
- • Purchase recycled lead from registered recyclers only; and
- • Notify the Ministry of Environment and Forests or the State Board regarding any validation made by the dealers.
It is imperative for the importer to register himself with the Ministry of Environment and Forests or any other agency appointed by it by submitting all the particulars in Form-11. Customs clearance of brand-new Lithium-ion/Lead Acid Batteries importsCustoms clearance of imports will be depending upon:
- • One-time registration in Form-11 with the Ministry of Environment and Forests or any agency chosen by it;
- • Lawful registration which the Reserve Bank of India (along with the code number of the importer);
- • A copy of the most recent half-yearly return in Form IV; and
- • Undertaking Form-111
EPR for Battery in Delhi - Accountabilities of the Dealer:
- • Make sure that the batteries that are already used are collected back against brand-new batteries sold according to the Schedule;
- • Provide appropriate discount for each used battery that has been given back by the consumer;
- • File half-yearly returns of the new batteries sold and buy-back of outdated batteries by the 31st of May and 30th of November every year to the manufacturer in Form V;
- • Make certain that the returned used batteries are of identical specifications and types similar to the brand-new batteries sold;
- • Make sure that the collected batteries are transported safely to the selected collection centres or registered recyclers; and
- • Make certain that the environment does not get damaged because of the storage as well as shipping of the used batteries.
EPR for Battery in Delhi - Recycler Accountabilities
It is important for every recycler to perform the following –
- • Make an application for registration to an agency chosen by the Ministry of Environment and Forests or the Ministry of Environment and Forests itself if the application is not made already by submitting info in Form VI;
- • Submit annual returns to the State Board according to Form VII;
- • Make sure that the terms and conditions of the registration are maintained properly; nevertheless, those that have already made registration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests or all the agencies chosen by it to reprocess used batteries have to stick to the terms and conditions of this type of registration;
- • Make available each record for inspection to the state board;
- • Create public awareness by means of publications, advertisements, posters, and so on with regard to the following:
- • Dangers of lead and responsibility of customers to get back used batteries to the registered dealers only or deliver at the chosen collection centres; and
- • Mark the term “recycled” on the lead that has been recovered through reprocessing.
EPR for Battery in India - Consumer or Bulk Consumer Responsibilities
The auctioneer will –
- • Make sure that batteries that have been used are auctioned only to the registered recyclers,
- • Maintain a record of these types of auctions plus make sure that these records can be accessed by the state board for the purpose of the inspection; and
- • File their auctions’ half-yearly returns to the State Boards in Form-IX.
The State Board will be the approved authority for guaranteeing compliance with these EPR for Battery in India rules’ provisions. Moreover, it is going to file a yearly compliance status report by the 30th of April every year to the Central Pollution Control Board.
Central Pollution Control Board Obligations
It is imperative for the Central Pollution Control Board to compile as well as publish information received from the State Boards every year. It is going to review the compliance of these regulations at regular intervals for enhancing the recycling and collection of used lead batteries plus inform the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Records and returns computerization
A system for computerized monitoring of the following will be designated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests:
- • Collection, transport, auction, as well as re-processing of already used batteries;
- • Sale and distribution of batteries;
- • Sale of lead from all local importers for producers; and
- • Sale of re-processed lead by recyclers that are already registered.
|Number of used batteries that will be collected back
|During initial year of the implementation of regulations
|50% of brand-new batteries that have been sold
|During the second year of the implementation of the regulations
|75% of brand-new batteries sold
|Following second year of the implementation of the regulations
|90% of brand-new batteries sold
Requirements according to products
It is imperative for the amount of lead used, in kilograms per battery (A), Ratio A: B, and charged weight of battery with electrolyte in kilograms (B) not to exceed the restrictions implemented by the state pollution control board.
Following are the documents needed for Battery Waste Management Authorization
- • GST Certificate
- • Authorized Signatory Aadhaar Card
- • Importer Exporter Code
- • Factory License/Trade License
- • Lawful consent under Water & Air Act
- • Authorized Signatory PAN Card
- • Layout Plan / Naksha
- • Rent /proof /Lease of ownership of the site
- • Electricity Bill
- • Legal Consent under Hazardous Waste Authorization
Registration/Renewal process of Registration of Recyclers
It is essential for each recycler of already used lead acid battery to apply along with the subsequent documents in Form VI to the Ministry of Environment and Forests Joint Secretary or any officer chosen by the Ministry or any agency designated by it to grant the renewal or registration:
- • A copy of the lawful consents under the 1974 Water Act as amended as well as the 1981 Air Act as amended;
- • A copy of the lawful certification of registration done with the District Industries Centre;
- • A copy of the lawful authorization under the 1989 Hazardous Wastes Rules as amended; and
- • A copy of the evidence of installed capacity that has been issued by the District Industries Centre or State Pollution Control Board.