Waste management/ waste generation
On 24 April 2017, public discussion has started on the draft Order introducing model training program for the additional occupational training of personnel admitted to collection, processing, utilization and disposal of class I-IV wastes (hazardous waste management training program). Public discussion is to be completed on 8 May 2017.
Manufacturers and importers of packaging would be required to participate in the newly introduced deposit system. In order to participate in the deposit system, they would be required to mark packaging containers with special deposit labels. These deposit labels are to indicate that consumers may return the packaging to a particular collection point for used packaging and immediately receive reimbursement for each unit of returned packaging.
Russia has started public discussions on the proposed amendments relating to the extended producer responsibility concept (the EPR). The EPR requires manufacturers and importers of listed products to either organize utilization of such products (including packaging) or to pay environmental charges for the utilization.
The letter issued by the Russian environmental authority (RosPrirodNadzor) explains the difference between waste “utilization” and waste “neutralization”. It also explains why product manufacturers and importers will not fulfil their extended producer responsibility obligations via waste neutralization (as opposed to waste utilization).
Amended procedure for used oil treatment
The revised version includes mainly drafting amendments and a revised diagram of the movement of used oil from organisations and physical persons to the centralized collection and processing points as well as to the points of used oil exchange.
Clarification issued by the RosPrirodnadzor (the Russian environmental authority) explains that manufacturers and importers of certain products are required to ensure utilization of the set quantities of wastes generated as a result of such products losing their consumer properties. This requirement also applies to the packaging of such products. This concept is called “extended producer responsibility” (EPR) and was initially introduced by the Federal Law of the Russian Federation on the Industrial and Consumer Wastes.
RosPrirodNadzor (the Russian environmental protection authority) issued a letter clarifying a number of issues related to generation and handling of solid household (domestic) wastes.
In particular, the letter explains that no environmental fee (i.e. a fee for the negative impact on the environment) is payable by organisations operating only class IV facilities (i.e. facilities posing a low environmental hazard).