Update on future packaging obligations EU-wide
The European Union has set some new recycling targets for plastic and plastic bottles. Quite a while ago they also introduced the European Green Deal. Member states of the European Union are therefore more and more revising their environmental laws. This month it’s Moldova’s and Denmark’s turn.
Moldova will introduce legislation which will entail that packaging producers become obligated for their waste in Moldova. The latest version of the draft ‘Law approving the Regulations on Packaging and Packaging Waste’ would require producers to individually or collectively comply with the Regulations and register as producers from January 1, 2022.
In the process of aligning its environmental and packaging waste legislation with that of the EU, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM) first proposed a new Draft Packaging Regulation in September 2016. This process is now almost completed.
Denmark is also introducing new legislation but through an amendment of currently active law. The amendment establishes an EPR-based waste packaging regime from January 1, 2025.
Already described in the Amendment, most of the minimum operating requirements on EPR schemes (transparency, information and self-monitoring requirements) are to be regulated in Ministerial rules. The amendment also includes provisions for distance sellers.
In addition, yet-to-be regulated financial guarantee requirements will be applied to all waste streams subject to EPR.
Be aware that in several EU countries no thresholds for packaging requirements exist. This means that if you have sales activities in one of these countries, your organization has definitely packaging obligations that you are obliged to comply with. Find out which countries we're talking about! *Download the whitepaper with all EU countries that do not have any packaging thresholds*.