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EaP GREEN: Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Principle in the Republic of Belarus

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  • 1. Irina Komosko Head of Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Republic of Belarus Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Principle in the Republic of Belarus
  • 2. Legal requirements  Article 20 of Waste Treatment Law of the Republic of Belarus of 20 July 2007  Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 313 of 11 July 2012 on Some Issues of Consumption Waste Treatment  Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus No.708 of 31 July 2012 on Measures to Implement Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 313 of 11 July 2012 (alongside the Regulation on the Coordination of Activities in the Area of Handling Secondary Material Resources)
  • 3. Mechanism for implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) requirements The duty to ensure collection, treatment and/or use of waste packaging is deemed to be fulfilled by a producer or supplier if it has complied with one of the following conditions during the reporting period (quarter) concerned:  а) Using its own waste collection system, it ensured the collection, treatment and/or reuse of:  at least 10% of waste of the total amount of products on the List produced, imported and/or sold by the producer or supplier in the territory of the Republic of Belarus  at least 30% of waste of the total amount of plastic tableware or kitchenware, tyres, rubber bags, oils, plastic or glass packaging, paper- or cardboard- based packaging produced, imported and/or sold by the producer or supplier in the territory of the Republic of Belarus  b) A fee has been transferred to the operator’s current account based on the amount of products on the List produced, imported and/or sold by the producer or supplier in the territory of the Republic of Belarus as well as plastic or glass packaging, paper- or cardboard-based packaging of imported consumer goods.
  • 4. List of products covered by EPR  Lubricating oils and other oils  Plastic items  Tyres and inner rubber tubes  Cardboard boxes, crates, boxes, cardboard and paper bags  Bottles, flasks, pitchers, pots, jars, vials, and other glass containers  Household appliances, cameras and video cameras (19 items)  Printers, copiers, computers, monitors, projectors, receiving equipment for TV broadcasting  Gas discharge lamps, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, arc lamps  Primary batteries  Medical and veterinary thermometers
  • 5. Own system for collection of waste products and packaging Itmustensurecompliancewithtwoconditionswhichconstituteacompletechainof actionsfromcollectiontouseortreatmentofwaste:  Collectionofconsumptionwasteanditsseparationbyproducersandsuppliers individually  Treatmentand/oruseofcollectedwasteproductsandwastepackaging individuallyorbyinvolvingotherpersons Thelistofallwasteprocessingfacilitiesispubliclyavailableandhasbeenpostedon theweb-siteoftheMinistryofNaturalResourcesandEnvironmentoftheRepublic ofBelarus(www.minpriroda.gov.by)
  • 6. Operator Specifically authorised non-profit state organisation in the area of secondary material resources management  ensures organisation of collection, treatment and/or reuse of waste products and packaging  enters into agreements with producers and suppliers on the organisation of collection, treatment, and/or reuse of waste products and packaging  keeps records for fees assessed, paid, and received from producers and suppliers  monitors:  amounts of generated, collected, treated, and reused waste products and packaging  fulfillment by producers and suppliers of their duty to ensure collection, treatment, and/or reuse of waste products and packaging  costs related to collection, treatment, and/or reuse of waste products and packaging and prices of secondary material resources.
  • 7. Fee and compensation amounts Fees are set excluding the value-added tax:  In Belorussian rubles (amended in June 2013):  Plastic packaging (about EUR 36 per tonne), paper, cardboard packaging (about EUR 10.3 per tonne or EUR 2.9 per thousand m2), glass packaging (about EUR33 per tonne or EUR 0.026 per conventional litre)  As a percentage of product value:  0.3% of value of household, office, or other equipment; 1.5% of value of thermometers, batteries, gas discharge lamps, arc lamps, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, tyres); and 3% for lubricating and other oils. If entrepreneurs collect, treat, and/or reuse secondary resources individually, compensation for each product category is envisaged.
  • 8. Generation and recycling of municipal wastes Disposal Recycling
  • 9. Liability for non-compliance The following are subject to administrative sanctions:  Producers and suppliers  Fine amounts to twice the fee the obligated entity had to pay to the operator  Operator manager, legal entity’s manager and self-employed person that got funds from an operator  For misuse of resources from the fund established with fees paid by producers and suppliers; operator manager is held administratively liable in the form of a fine in the amount of ten to fifty base amounts.  A similar fine can be imposed on a legal entity’s manager or self- employed person for unlawful use or misuse of funds obtained from an operator.
  • 10. Amounts and Areas of Spending in 2013 Introduction of new consumption waste collection and use technologies, construction of plants 67% Compensation of waste collection costs, 24% Repayment of loans contracted to construct waste separation or waste use plants, 8% Financing research and development, 0.2% Logistical and information support, 0.1% Financing coordination of secondary resources management, 1%