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Obligation to Provide Recovery and Recycling

Obligation to Provide Recovery and Recycling

The Act on the Obligations of Businesses Regarding the Management of Certain Types of Waste, and on Product and Deposit Fees, imposes on every entity introducing on the market products in packaging, an obligation to provide recovery and recycling of waste of the same type as the packaging. In the regulation issued on the basis of the above act, mininal levels of recovery and recycling has been determined:

No.

Packaging Waste

Level in %

Type of Packaging

Recovery

Recycling

1

total packaging

61

56

2

plastic packaging

23.5

3

aluminium packaging

51

4

steell packaging and other packaging made of other metals

51

5

paper packaging

61

6

glass packaging

61

7

wood packaging

16

8

multi-material packaging

levels determined according to  Art. 25 sec. 4

9

other packaging

As you can see above, ratio of total recycled waste weight in the given year to the total weight of the packaging introduced onto the market, should amount to 56%. Other numbers are for particular types of packaging. For not achieving the above limits, there is an obligation to pay a product fee calculated according to the rules determined in the act.

The obligation to provide recovery and recycling may be fulfilled in two ways – by the company itself or by cooperation with an organization of the packaging recovery. Despite more expensive, the second option seems to be more comfortable.

In order to be able to verify fulfilling the above obligation, every company introducing onto the market products in packagings, has to register on paper or electronically, weight of packaging introduced onto the market in the given year. The registry has to be kept five years after the end of the calendar year.

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