Poland adopts a new Waste Management Act

WEEE Design

March 2013

Act (No. 21/2013) came into force on 23 January to transpose the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC).

The main changes to the act include:

  • The law will contain new entities such as a ‘waste dealer’ and a ‘waste broker’.
  • The WEEE, batteries and packaging registers will now be maintained by the Marshals of the Voivodships.
  • As of 1 July 2013, municipals will be required to create a waste management system for the collection and disposal of municipal waste in a period of 18 months.
  • Penalties have increased for breach of the law. Penalties now range from PLN 5,000 (EUR 240) to PLN 1,000,000 (EUR 240,707).
  • Terms for waste management plan for authorisation have been revised.
  • There is now a ban on landfilling.
  • Waste transporters are no longer required to hold permits.

Source: Perchards/Sagis