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.
Starting from 2018, importers and manufacturers of products subject to utilisation targets (within the extended producer responsibility - EPR – concept) are required to comply with the revised utilisation targets.
The highest targets (25% for 2018 and 45% for 2020) have been set for corrugated paper and paperboard and corrugated paper and cardboard packaging.
As of 20 January 2018, organisations emitting polluting substances in the ambient air must ensure that their emissions do not cause the concentrations of such substances to exceed the set concentration limits in the adjoining urban and countryside residential areas.
The maximum allowable concentrations have been set for around 700 polluting substances, such as NOx, SOx, ammonia, acetaldehyde, barium, benz(a)pyrene, benzene, etc.
As of 20 January 2018, coal and oil shale mining and processing facilities are required to comply with the adopted Model Regulation on the industrial safety management system. Such organisations must use the provision of the adopted Model Regulation for the purposes of developing their internal documentation regulating industrial safety management.
From 15 January until 31 December 2018 manufacturers and importers of tobacco products have an opportunity to participate (on a voluntary basis) in the pilot project involving marking of tobacco products with identification marks.
The purpose of such an identification is to:
Ensure authenticity of tobacco products;
Manufacturers and importers of products subject to recycling targets (i.e. those subject to the extended producer responsibility) must pay the environmental charge for 2017 before 15 April 2018, if they are required to pay such a charge.
Operators subject to the environmental charge payment are required to submit to the authorities, before 1 April of the year following the relevant reporting year the following documents:
Phenylacetone (CAS 103-79-7) must no longer be used during the production of food flavourings.
The decision of the EAEU Economic Commission Collegiate No. 1 of 16 January 2018 was adopted to this effect. The Decision is to enter into force from the date the relevant amendment to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Food Additives, Flavourings and Supplemental Technical Devices enters into force.