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).
Facilities that participate in transportation of radioactive materials as senders, receivers and/or transporters are recommended to use the adopted Manual for the development of their internal program on the implementation of radiation protection measures during any transportation of radioactive materials.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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: