New Packaging and Packaging Waste Act Implemented in Poland


August 2013

On 13 June 2013 the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Management Act was adopted by the Polish Parliament.

The President signed it into law on 8 July 2013 and the Act is due to come into force on 1 January 2014. Changes to the Act include:

  • A new, publicly available register of recovery organisations, producers and reprocessors in order to prevent free-riders.
  • A local representative must be appointed by foreign operators in order to enter the register.
  • Recovery organisations must spend at least 5% of their fee income on public communications campaigns in order to be approved.
  • Voluntary agreements can now be arranged regarding the management of waste from composite packaging and from packaging used for “hazardous products, including plant protection products”. Regulations will be implemented to set minimum annual recovery and recycling targets for these types of packaging.

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Source: Perchards/Sagis