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What is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)? Although EPR is still in its early stages in India, the main problem with it is the absence of responsibility on the part of producers and insufficient enforcement by regulatory bodies. Do you think that implementing EPR in the oil sector can improve circularity in India’s waste oil management? Comment.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

5. What is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)? Although EPR is still in its early stages in India, the main problem with it is the absence of responsibility on the part of producers and insufficient enforcement by regulatory bodies. Do you think that implementing EPR in the oil sector can improve circularity in India’s waste oil management? Comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

The article discusses the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and how it can be used to improve circularity in India’s waste oil management.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about EPR, its shortcomings and its applicability to oil sector.

Directive:

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin the answer by defining EPR.

Body:

In the first part, write the about the objectives of EPR – better waste management, reducing burden on municipalities, integration of environmental costs, design of environmentally sound products. Write about EPR being in its nascent state.

Next, write about the shortcomings of EPR and suggest ways to make it effectives. Give examples to substantiate.

Next, write about the applicability of EPR to oil sector. Write about its pros and cons.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a balanced opinion.