develop and submit to DFFE an independent EPR Schemecovering your products.
3. PROs have responsibilities
Provide compliant and transparent EPR Support to Producer Members
Collection and handling of the EPR Fees (market data etc. kept confidential and not shared)
Ensure Producer compliance and reporting to DFFE as per the Section 18 Regulations
Disbursement of fees to the supply value chain to meet the targets and obligations of producers
Skills development Program development
Job creation in the sector
Support the recovery, recycling, waste reduction, beneficiation opportunities etc.
DFFE and other Government Liaison
Informal Sector Integration
Establishment of best practice and industry Norms and Standards
Embracing Circular Economy Principles
4. PRO’s will have a vital role in assisting producers in identifying shared constraints and synergistic opportunities
Along with stronger collaboration across the value chain, a mindset shift will be needed not only for legislative compliance but also for the benefit of the consumer and environment.
Intensive consumer awareness campaigns will also help to drive behaviour change.
EPR will see an investment in collection infrastructure, providing consumers with more convenient recycling facilities and a concerted recovery effort at the pre-consumer post-industrial phase.
5. Currently, the majority of e-waste collected and treated holds value
Non-valuable e-waste is stored or dumped – appropriate treatment costs
EPR principles enable all fractions to be treated appropriately at end of life (Lifset 1993, Lindqvist & Lifset 2003, Kunz 2014)
EPR becomes a financial safety net and creates a market demand for material
Consumers know the e-waste will always be collected and treated.
Government does not need to finance the collection and treatment
Make an Eco-Friendly EV Battery
Wired reports: \”Olivier Groux has built a machine that takes apart batteries, part by part. It looks like a big blue safety cabinet, the kind you might see in a lab that handles Ebola, with thick gloves mounted on the sides to reach inside safely. The job is simple: Peel away the metal strips that adhere to a polymer and act as the battery\’s electrodes. As the polymer sheet trundles through a system of pulleys, the electrodes go flying left and right, forming piles at the base of the machine: one for anodes, the other for cathodes, the negative and positive ends of a battery, respectively. They’ll next be dissolved in water, then go through a sieve to emerge as a metallic powder. The goal is to produce raw materials for new batteries from dead batteries as efficiently as possible. Groux thinks he’s nearly cracked it. Read more here.
A great scientific leap to tackle climate change is bringing other incredible benefits.