New way of data reporting packaging in Sweden

The Swedish government adopted two new producer responsibility ordinances, one for packaging and one for wastepaper. The aim of the new ordinances is to achieve higher material utilization rates.

These new ordinances result in some changes for producers: the most important aspects of these changes are: a new definition of ‘producer', new and changed responsibilities for the reporting of materials collected, and materials placed on the market. Producers must either be affiliated with a licensed collection scheme as of January 1, 2021, or submit their own application to become a licensed collection scheme.

New definition of 'producer'

According to the new definition of ‘producer’, anyone who imports a packaged product into Sweden, manufactures packaging in Sweden, imports packaging into Sweden, or fills or otherwise uses packaging (that is not service packaging) to protect or present an item, or make it easier to handle, is now a producer. The new definition has been adopted but will not be fully implemented until January 1, 2021.

New way of reporting data

The biggest change in the new regulatory framework is probably how the data for collected materials, and for packaging materials placed on the market, must be reported. Reporting responsibilities have been a little bit changed in this respect, compared with the current practice. The deadline for reporting will be yearly at March 31, starting in 2022. This means that 2021 will be the first year reported. From January 2021 onwards, producers have to pay an annual supervisory fee to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Data will be reported digitally. The EPA is building up the system at this moment. As from January 2021, producers are able to register in this system.

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Source: FTI

23 Sep 2020 at 10:22 am
2 min
Published by:
Joris te Pas
Environmental Compliance Specialist