India is expanding the scope of Extended Producer Responsibility to used oils from April 1, 2024. During consultation in 2023 and immediately after the legislation was published, concerns were expressed about the pace of change, some of which were scaled back. With implementation on the near horizon, Trevor Gauntlett asks whether there are likely to be issues facing those active in the Indian lubricants market.
India’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for used oils continues a process that since 2016 has encompassed e-waste, plastic waste, batteries and tires. Following 60 days of consultation in mid-2023, the final legislation was issued in September, creating the “Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Second Amendment Rules, 2023.”
Often referred to as “the Rules,” the details of the amendment place an EPR on all producers, collection agents, recyclers and used oil importers. However, exactly how far that responsibility extends has been open to debate. What’s more, doubts have been expressed that the domestic rerefining industry will be able to cope as the volumes for which the EPR applies increase from 5% of all collectable rerefinable products in fiscal 2024-2025 to 50% in 2030-2031.