Eco-contributions in Malta

Eco-contribution fee

December 2013

The removal of EEE and batteries from the scope of the Eco-Contribution Act has been proposed by Malta’s draft Waste Management Plan (WMP) 2013-2020. Importers of EEE and batteries have the double obligation of paying the eco-contribution fees and also taking back waste products under the WEEE and Batteries Regulations.

The draft WMP 2013-2020 proposes;

  • removal of EEE and batteries from the scope of the Eco-Contribution Act which will in turn allow producers and importers to finance collection organisations;
  • amendments to the WEEE Regulation (63/2007) and Battery Regulation (55/2010) to include a flat-rate penalty for producers who fail to comply;
  • requirement for individual compliers and WEEE organisations to provide financial guarantees in case of insolvency;

In addition, the plan proposes to introduce a de minimis threshold for producers placing less than 100 kg of packaging on the market per year. Those packaging producers exempted by the de minimis threshold would still be required to comply with the essential requirements, heavy metal limits and labelling requirements.

Source: Perchards/Sagis