Russia

Russia: WEEE management. Legal framework.

Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE management) is gaining more and more importance all over the world. Although Russia tends to lag behind the EU in implementing environmental and waste management regulations, it has recently introduced the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) that imposed WEEE management obligations on manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Russia: Organisations that own waste disposal facilities will not have to contract external waste disposal operators

Draft amendment to Federal Law on Industrial and Consumer Wastes and to some other regulatory instruments aims to exempt organisations that dispose of (neutralize, landfill or recycle) wastes at their own waste disposal facilities from having to contract an external waste disposal operator. In order to be able to qualify for this exemption, the organization would have to submit documentary evidence that it has the possibility to neutralize, landfill and/or recycle solid municipal wastes at its own facilities.

Russia: Amended list of products subject to compulsory certification

As of 1 January 2018, manufacturers and importers of certain products and product categories are no longer required to obtain conformity certificates for such products.

Decree No. 855 of 17 July 2017 amended the list of products subject to compulsory certification (adopted by Decree No. 989 of 1 December 2009).

Russia: Draft safety requirements for lifting equipment

Federal Service on Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (RosTechNadzor) is planning to amend safety rules for major hazard facilities operating lifting equipment.

The existing safety rules apply to different types of lifting equipment, including:

Russia: Published revised statistical reporting form on wastes

All organisations that perform “waste management activities” in Russia involving industrial and consumer wastes, are required to use a revised statistical reporting form for the period starting from 1 January 2017.

“Waste management activities” include collection, accumulation, transportation, processing, utilisation, neutralisation and disposal of wastes. 

Russia: Extended validity period for air emission limits

As of 27 July 2017, individual air emission limits set for facilities and their emission sources (so-called “PDV projects”), are to be valid for 7 years, instead of 5.  

Any facility emitting polluting substances into the ambient air is required to develop individual air emission limits (PDV Project) and to have it approved with the environmental authorities.

Russia: Proposed additional requirements to protect disabled, young and elderly consumers

A proposal has been submitted that would amend the Law of the Russian Federation on Consumer Rights Protection No. 2300-I of 7 February 1992. The proposal would impose additional requirements pertaining to product marking that aim to protect the rights of disabled persons, children and elderly consumers.

The amendments would include the following obligations:

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