What is a PRO?
The waste generators such as brand owners/producers are required to collect back the end of life waste generated through their business. This responsibility is met through waste collection agencies who are recognized as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) .
SZW is a Central Pollution Control Board registered PRO for plastic and e-Waste
Components of our EPR model
Reverse logistics –
SZW has a well defined reverse supply chain that allows effective transportation of post-consumer waste to the authorised end destination.
Social inclusion –
SZW has innovative social inclusion models where the informal waste workers will be able to meet the costs of compliances through incentives against delivering results.
Public awareness –
As a part of the PRO guidelines, SZW conducts extensive awareness programmes which includes social media campaigns, corporate events and collection drives.
Categories of waste
SZW currently manages the following categories of waste for its EPR clients
Multi Layered Plastic (MLP)
Most companies use Multi Layered Plastic packaging for snacks, chocolates and biscuit wrappers. This consists of plastic combined with other materials such as paper, paper board, polymeric materials, metalized layers or aluminium foil. This packaging helps in safe storage of perishables, but the designers have not given enough thought to recycling solutions for MLP. Most of the MLP is currently being land-filled or illegally dumped across the country causing serious threat to the environment.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Polyethylene Terephthalate, commonly called as PET is a universally used packaging material that has a high potential to get recycled. At SZW, we aim to recover PET from waste collected through various sources and gets diverted to recycling factories where it get converted to recycled yarn. This then gets made into recycled products like t-shirts, bags, caps etc.
In 2018, India generated an estimated 18.5 lakh tonnes of e-waste. This is expected to increase to 50 lakh tonnes by 2020. These electronic products contain thousands of various metals. Some of these metals are precious like gold and copper. However, there is also highly toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium. Currently the informal sector handles over 95% of all the e-waste in India.