Changes for EPR – including new measures for distance sellers – as Finland begins waste management reform
On 19th July 2021, the Finish Parliament adopted an Amendment of the Waste Act. This marks a first step towards broader reform of waste management in the country and the transposition of various EU waste legislation – for example, the Waste Directive.
The amended law also changes aspects of the extended producer responsibility regime, including:
- extension of producer obligation for distance sellers to cover all products and packaging under the scope of the Waste Act,
- possibility for e-commerce platforms to take over the producer obligation from their sellers,
- eco-modulation to be co-regulated by the government as an incentive to design more eco-friendly packaging and products, and
- strengthening information provision and record keeping obligations for producers to transpose Article 8a of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste.
The next stage of the reform will adopt decrees regulating waste streams, including packaging, batteries and electronics. These are currently being discussed in a public consultation.
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