Environmental compliance… the latest developments

What are the latest developments concerning environmental legislation globally? We’ve picked out some highlights for you for October 2021.

Rapporteur proposes over 200 amendments to the EU Battery Regulation

Simona Bonafé, the rapporteur in the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has published her draft report on the new EU Battery Regulation.

The report contains more than 200 proposals for concrete amendments to the proposal released by the European Commission.

Some of the amendments are in line with the proposals from Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP) which is closely accompanying the legislative process. For more information on ERP’s proposals, see article from the September issue of COMPASS.

Among other things, the rapporteur proposes to modify the definitions of portable and industrial batteries. The draft report also proposes creating a new category of batteries for light means of transport as this represents a specific and growing market. This fifth battery category would apply principles and targets that are similar to the portable batteries category.

The report does not address the heavily discussed topic of changing the base for the collection targets from put-on-market to available for collection.

Work on the Battery Regulation is also progressing in the Committees on Industry, Transport, and Internal Market and Consumer Protection. There, in addition to the draft reports of the respective rapporteurs, the other committee members have also tabled draft amendments.

The Industry Committee has already voted on the proposal. The other two committees are scheduled to vote on 1 and 9 December respectively.

ENVI plans to wrap up the Battery Regulation in January 2022, before the Parliament’s Plenary one month later.

This means that the French Council Presidency will have the lead in the upcoming trialogue negotiations, taking over from the Slovenian Presidency on 1 January.

EPR guidelines delayed

The work on the guidelines for the implementation of the minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes has been put on hold – as Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP) was recently told by a representative of the European Commission.

In view of more urgent tasks such as the implementation of the Green Deal and the “Fit for 55” package, the European Commission currently does not have the capacity to devote the necessary attention to the EPR guidelines. It is not clear when the work can be continued and when the guidelines will be published.

The guidelines are intended to support the Member States with their implementation of the minimum criteria on EPR schemes referred to in the Directive’s Article 8a.

Besides supporting the member states, the guidelines also aim to harmonize related design requirements like the criteria and mechanism for the modulation of financial contributions.

Other aspects covered in the planned guidance are combatting freeriding with a focus on online sales, assuring equal treatment of producers, and reaching the right necessary cost level for EPR services.

ERP is engaging in this important topic by providing input from related research studies: for example, the study that it commissioned from Adelphi (read study here).

German Packaging Act: first new changes in force

The first changes to the amendment of the German Packaging Act (VerpackG) came into force on 3 July 2021. Further changes will follow in the course of 2022.

One of the areas affected is “packaging that is not subject to system participation”.

What is “packaging that is not subject to system participation” and what changes result from the amendment to the Packaging Act?

 Here are some examples:

Do you handle “packaging that is not subject to system participation”? Landbell has summarized all the important information for you here and will be happy to support you in preparing to meet the new packaging law obligations.

If you need support, please contact us for a non-binding offer.

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

Happy 15th Birthday to H2 Compliance

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