Important changes for packaging producers by 2024
2 November 2022
On 16th August 2022, Jordan enforced two new waste management legal acts. The legal acts pave the way to introducing extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the country by 2024.
The Non-Hazardous Solid Waste Management System Law No. 44 of 2022 sets new regulations for solid waste management separation, transportation, and treatment. It also repeals the previous solid waste management law.
According to article 4 of the law, the Ministry, in coordination with the relevant authorities, shall prepare a plan to gradually reduce the production, use and import of single-use packaging products, including shopping bags.
The Instructions for Implementing the National Mechanism for the Principle of Extended Producer Responsibility 2022 introduces EPR for the packaging waste stream. These instructions apply to producers and importers of finished materials and goods that result in packaging waste, including producers and suppliers of products packed in service packaging that are sold to the consumer directly.
The Instructions do not set any financial or takeback obligations yet, nor collection or recycling targets, since the EPR obligation will be voluntary until the end of December 2023.
After that date, the obligations will apply to producers and importers who exceed certain volume or turnover thresholds. The producers shall fulfil their EPR obligations through an environmental fee that is still being studied by a steering committee established for this purpose.
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