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Regulatory changes in Battery Waste Disposal

by Clean India Journal Editor
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Key amendments to the Battery Waste Management Rules of 2022 announced by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change include the new definition of “battery” but without its components. However, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for batteries used for own use now falls within the scope of the regulation. Producers are obliged to submit annual reports on the batteries produced in the previous fiscal year and registrations do not expire until they are cancelled or withdrawn by the producer. The mandatory targets for the collection, recycling or reprocessing of waste batteries for electric vehicles, including e-rickshaws, of categories L5, L5-M, L5-N and e-carts have been replaced. Manufacturers must ensure that each battery or battery pack is provided with an EPR registration number by March 31, 2025 at the latest.

Producers, distributors, end users and organizations involved in the collection, classification, transport, treatment and recycling of waste batteries are required to comply with these regulations, which apply to all types of batteries, regardless of their chemical nature, shape, size, weight, composition of materials and intended use. This includes batteries for electric cars, household appliances, automotive batteries and those used in industry.

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