Plastics Packaging Research and Development Centre (www.pprdc.in) is a non-profit research and
development center established by the Multilayer Plastics Films Sanitation Trust. PPRDC recently
organized a one-day round-table thematic discussion on “Sustainable Packaging and EPR
Regulations” in Noida. The event agenda included a briefing by the PPRDC executives on Extended
Producer Responsibility (EPR) norms and best practices on building a circular economy.
On this occasion, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, CMD, UFlex Ltd., released a study report on Recyclability of
Multi – Layer mixed Plastics.
“At UFlex, we have always taken the lead in developing sustainable packaging solutions for our clients
and for facilitating discussions with brand owners and regulators around recyclability of multi-layer
mixed plastic waste. As a global leader in packaging, we have made significant investments in recycling
facilities across our global locations to demonstrate the various applications of MLP waste. UFlex runs
an advanced injection moulding facility at its Noida site and this was established to recycle granules
and to demonstrate various possibilities to the moulding industry. Today, decorative, functional,
engineering parts, household and office products, and hundreds of other articles are being
manufactured with recycled granules at UFlex’s recycling facilities”, said Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, CMD,
UFlex Limited at the launch of the study report.
“This report will help brand owners and recyclers to appreciate the technical processes, possibilities,
and financial returns on recycling MLP waste. This will help brand owners fulfil their EPR responsibilities
and play an active role in keeping plastic waste out of landfills. In a country like India, this could provide
an impetus to MSMEs to establish recycling facilities and unlock the value and potential of plastic
waste. UFlex is more than willing to share best practices from their own recycling operations that have
been running successfully for more than two decades”, Mr. Chaturvedi added.
As part of the roundtable discussion, members of PPRDC’s advisory council and industry speakers
discussed a wide-range of topics including environmental problems brought on by the careless
disposal of plastic waste, the role of the organised sector in the management of plastic waste, leading
India to a circular economy – road map, and the challenges faced by brand owners in complying with
EPR guidelines, amongst others.
Notable industry speakers included Mr. Mihir Banerjee, Secretary General, PPRDC & BIS & ISO Plastics
Sectional Committee member, Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Nayak, VC, Ravenshaw University (Former DG-CIPET),
Mr. Swapan K Ray – Hon. Secretary Indian Centre for Plastic in The Environment, PPRDC Council
member, Ms. Esha Sar, Chief Advisor South Asia, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Mr. A Garg, A A Garg
& Company and Consultant – EPR, Dr. Anomitra Chakravorty – KPS consultant & Impex Pvt. Ltd. and
PPRDC Council member, Dr. Anup K. Ghosh, Professor Emeritus, Dep. Of Material Science and
Engineering, IIT, Delhi and PPRDC Council member, Mr. Rajeev Dwivedi, Director TTRC BIS & ISO –
Plastics Sectional Committee member and PPRDC Council member, Mr. Sumit Basu, Chief General
Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, and others.