Waste management/ waste generation

Russia: Clarification on some waste management issues

Federal Service on the Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources (RosPrirodNadzor) which is the Russian environmental law enforcement agency has issued a clarification letter on a number of waste management issues.

Russia: Amended law on the environmental expert assessment

As of 28 December 2017, organisations planning any activity that is subject to the environmental expert assessment (i.e. any activity that has a potentially high environmental impact) are required to comply with the revised provisions governing the performance of environmental expert assessment.

Russia: Revised list of products subject to utilisation targets (extended producer responsibility)

Starting from 1 January 2018 manufacturers and importers of products included into the revised list of products subject to the extended producer responsibility (EPR) obligations are obliged to comply with the utilisation targets set for such products and packaging or to pay the environmental charge.

The adopted list replaces the list adopted by Government Direction No. 1886-p dated 24 September 2015.

Russia: Which law sets the recycling targets for 2017?

The Federal Service for the Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources has clarified which legislation is to be applied by importers and manufacturers in determining their obligations within the extended producer responsibility concept (EPR).

Russia: EPR. Proposal to submit environmental charge calculation electronically

Manufacturers and importers of products subject to recycling after the loss of their consumer properties (e.g. electronic equipment, cardboard and paper packaging and textile products) within the extended producer responsibility framework, might soon be able to submit the environmental charge calculation reports in electronic form online.

Russia: Handling used gas and oil pipes is considered waste management

The Federal Agency on the Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources has published a clarification on handling steel used oil and gas pipes.

The Agency explained that the Federal Classification Waste Catalogue (FKKO) includes a group of wastes called “used steel oil and gas pipes”. Therefore, such used pipes are considered as “wastes” and their handling is regulated by the Federal Law on Industrial and Consumer Wastes No. 89-FZ.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility lies with trademark owners

A letter issued by the Russian environmental protection authority (RosPrirodNadzor) No. AC-10-02-36/13739 dated 28 June 2017, explains that it is the trademark owner who is responsible for compliance with the recycling targets or for paying the environmental charge in relation to products and packaging they have placed on the Russian market.

Russia: Extended producer responsibility will not apply to product components

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has drafted amendments to the Law on Industrial and Consumer Wates No. 89-FZ. The amendments would clarify that manufacturers and importers of product components (rather than finished products) or any materials that are to be used for manufacturing other goods will not have to comply with any recycling targets within the extended producer responsibility (EPR) concept.

Belarus: Adopted consolidated environment protection rules

As of 1 October 2017, all organisations performing activities that have an impact on the environment are required to comply with the adopted environmental protection rules (the Rules).

The Rules contain environment protection requirements regulating:

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