The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission approved "Technical Regulation on Energy Efficiency". The approved TR, which largely follows the EU energy efficiency requirements, would be published in October-November 2019. The energy requirements are introduced for 19 groups of products and local product testing would be required for certification.
Russian Ministry of Finance is working on the amendments of the Tax Code of Russian Federation, which would introduce from Jan 1, 2020 Recycling Fee obligation (утилизационный сбор) for the producers and importers of certain goods and packaging. Currently Ecofee is payable to the environmental authority, but the Recycling Fee would be collected by the local tax authority and regulated by the tax code.
The DIRECTIVE (EU) 2019/904 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment introduce several important requirements for plastic users. For example, beverage bottles collection must reach 90% by 2029 and the member states are encourage to introduce beverage packaging deposit refund system.
Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 2971-r of December 28, 2017 "On the approval of waste utilization goals for the used goods for 2018-2020". It includes recycling targets for 46 Groups of goods (textile, electronics, building materials, oil products, etc.) and 8 Groups of packaging (all main materials). These targets must be met by the producers and importers who sell those products to the Russian market. Link to the document:
Belarus has approved "National Strategy for the Management of Municipal Solid Waste and Secondary Material Resources in the Republic of Belarus for the Period up to 2035". Among others, high focus is given for the plastic waste and one of the solution suggested is introduction of the beverage packaging deposit law.
Russian president has signed on Jan 1, 2018 amendments to the "Law On Waste from Production and Consumption" («Об отходах производства и потребления», № 458-FZ). Among others, the law now defines what is selective waste sorting and clarifies that EPR is applied to the products and packaging. The previous law was unclear, if packaging as such is part of the legal frame.
Latvian Minister of Environment Mr. Kaspars Gerhards announced on December 28, 2017, that Latvia would introduce mandatory deposit for the soft drinks, beer and low-alcohol drinks sold in the glass, metal and plastic packages. Ministry of Environment evaluated the deposit systems in Estonia and in Lithuania; and prepared the recommendations for the Latvian system.
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Ukrainian Packaging Association launched a pilot post-consumer packaging waste collection project in the city of Vyshhorod, 20 km from the capital Kiev. Nearly 100 waste containers are placed in the city to be used by its inhabitants. The separately collected packaging waste - paper, glass, cartons, plastic and metal - is transported then to the waste sorting plant and the collected materials are sold to various recyclers in Ukraine.
Estonian Ministry of Environment is planning to increase landfill tax from 30 EUR/t to 60 EUR/t and to introduce new tax for waste incineration 30 EUR/t. The exact tax levels could change though.
Currently, Estonia incinerates more than a half of its municipal solid waste.
The landfill tax increase and the new tax for waste incineration are aimed to promote waste sorting and recycling in order to meet Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (Waste Framework Directive) targets: 50% of recycling of the household waste by 2020.
March 1, 2018, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will introduce Technical Regulation (TR EEU 037/2016) “On limiting of hazardous substances in electronics and radio electronics”. The regulation is in line with EU Directive 2011/65/EU (recast). The substance restrictions are the same six as EU RoHS with the same concentration limits.
EAEU has also made a decision that producers and importers must comply with the new TR from March 1, 2020 (transition period is given).