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New Gazette for Indian Retreaders Stipulates Online Returns 

The new gazette notification from the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest And Climate Change (MoEF), dated 1 March 2024, outlines specific responsibilities for retreaders.

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The latest update dictates that retreaders must submit data online regarding the number of tyres retreaded.

According to the Gazette, “All retreaders need to submit information regarding the number of waste tyres re-treaded, a retreading certificate, and other relevant information on the portal monthly. All retreaders must also file annual and quarterly returns on the portal before the end of each quarter.”

Karun Sanghi, Chairman of the Tyre Retreading Education Association (TREA), stated: “This is in line with the certification from July 2022; retreaders can register and issue the retreading certificates. We still need to understand the process, but it is another step in the right direction. This should give retreaders greater recognition in the recycling process.”

The gazette also provides for relaxation in filing returns if necessary. The central government may, by order, relax any period relating to returns or reports for a period not exceeding nine months if necessary, in the public interest or if practical implementation of these rules requires it.

The current gazette notification would further organise and recognise the retreading sector’s contribution to building a complete tyre recycling network. “The Gazette outlines how retreaders must manage retreading waste and submit EPR results into the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) portal. This EPR data will further streamline the retreading sector,” explains Rahul Saxena, General Manager, Technical Services, Indag Rubber.

The central government has also laid the groundwork for further amendable rules, potentially called the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2024, which will come into force on 1 April 2024.

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