Environmental compliance… the latest developments

What are the latest developments concerning environmental legislation globally? We’ve picked out some highlights for you for October 2020.

EPR guidelines to be published in November

The guidelines on the practical implementation of the new minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes are going to be published in November, according to the European Commission.

An advanced draft of these guidelines is currently being discussed with member states. The final guidelines should contribute to ensuring that the requirements of the 2018 amended Waste Framework Directive are implemented in a manner that is as harmonised as possible across member states.

The guidelines are based on a report by the consulting firm Eunomia, which was published in May this year and whose draft European Recycling Platform (ERP) commented on earlier in January (see here). It is worth noting that several comments from ERP have been taken up not only in the final report by Eunomia, but also in the current draft of the Commission’s guidelines. ERP remains in close contact with the Commission and is supporting them in finalising the guidelines.

In parallel, the Commission is working on the guidelines for implementing the Single-Use Plastic Directive. These are supposed to clarify which products fall within the scope of the directive and how to deal with possible overlaps with the Packaging Directive. These guidelines are also expected to be adopted shortly.

German parliament passes revised laws for waste portable batteries and electronics

The German parliament has passed the planned amendments to the country’s Battery Law. The parliamentarians had surprisingly few requests for changes. The most important difference between the adopted law and the draft submitted by the federal government is the higher collection rate for waste portable batteries (50% instead of 45%).

Unfortunately, there will be no binding clearing mechanism for the financial compensation of over- and under-collection, although this was demanded by ERP and also by many experts at the Environment Committee’s hearing on 9 September.

All the other government proposals, in particular the abolition of the existing two-tier system for take-back schemes, were adopted without amendment. The law still has to be formally approved by the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper house, which meets on 9 October. It can then be published in the country’s official journey and enter into force on 1 January 2021.

In addition, the parliament has passed a law that transposes parts of the 2018 amended EU Waste Framework Directive into national law. This involves increasing or maintaining the quotas for preparing for re-use and for recycling certain waste streams (e.g. paper, metal, plastic, glass, as well as municipal waste). The amendments affect, in particular, the Circular Economy Law and the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Law.

However, parliamentarians also introduced amendments to the Packaging Law at short notice. These include a new definition of composite packaging, according to which packaging with the main material component exceeding a mass share of 95% will no longer be exempt, but will also be considered composite packaging. These changes must also be approved by the upper house.

In parallel, the German government is working on a larger amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Law in order to ensure compliance with European requirements, in particular the increased collection target of 65%.

To this end, the network of collection points is to be expanded, for example, by requiring supermarkets with a total sales area of more than 800 square metres to take back electronic waste. Enforcement will also be strengthened. Stakeholders have until 15 October to comment on the proposals.

What else

Huge project for huge country

Landbell Group to support reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics in India

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800 attendees, one goal: a plastic free world

Landbell Group to speak at biggest conference on reducing plastic waste

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Electrifying clothes: Mode for Recycling!

Another fantastic finale for ERP Poland’s eye-catching environmental campaign

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Helping children to unlock “The Avocado Mystery”

ERP Denmark supports children’s book on sustainable development goals

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Have you met Hermit Leer?

New campaign in Austria to raise awareness among consumers to properly dispose of waste portable batteries

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“They give us opportunity; we give them innovation.”

Interview with Anne Lamp from traceless materials, this year’s Green Alley Award winner

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Focus on… Croatia

New Waste Act makes it easier for producers to comply with EPR obligations

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A big step for Brazil

Brazil is taking its first steps in managing waste electronics and packaging - and we are proud to be accompanying them on this challenging journey 

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Study shows how producers can benefit from competition

A new study from adelphi shows that competition drives innovation, improves services and ensures cost-efficient waste management

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The Green Alley Award: jump on board

Get to know the latest circular economy business ideas… first!

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How to turn WEEE into beehives

Collecting e-waste in Lodz, Poland is now much easier and builds new homes for bees  

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Are you a parceiro sustentável?

Clients in Portugal can now find sustainability support: ERP Portugal and Novo Verde launch the “Parceiro Sustentável” programme

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Taking the pressure off online sellers in Italy

Pressure is mounting on online sellers to comply with their environmental obligations - Consorzio ERP Italia is providing a wide range of support

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Are you selling batteries into Austria?

New obligations for distance sellers of batteries are coming into force in Austria - ERP Austria is on hand to help

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Focus on… Finland

Changes for EPR – including new measures for distance sellers – as Finland begins waste management reform

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Do you like polluted beaches? We don’t either!

Landbell Group joins project to prevent marine litter in North Africa

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Why did we endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation statement on EPR?

Landbell Group and over 150 stakeholders commit to EPR

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You can trust us… now it’s official!

Europe's leading provider of e-commerce protection awards certificate to EASy-Shop

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Kettles reach boiling point during Irish lockdown

A kettle was the most recycled object in Ireland over the past twelve months (with 1 in 4 Irish adults claiming to have recycled one)

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Sun coming out – but be prepared for the rain

The outlook for the photovoltaic (PV) industry looks sunny again, but companies should not forget their future recycling obligations

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Focus on… Georgia

Game-changing news for companies selling electronic goods in Georgia

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Tokyo 2020: winning gold for sustainability

Olympic Games to tackle the reduction of electronic and plastic waste

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How we are responding to the global expansion of EPR

Landbell Group publishes its annual performance report for 2020

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How two men joined the fight for cleaner chemicals

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