Compliance requirements in Austria

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WEEE Regulations

Batteries Regulations

Packaging Regulations

WEEE requirements

Registration timescale

30 September 2005

Registration agency

The Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

Collection and recycling obligations for B2B WEEE

Under the Austrian Ordinance on Waste Prevention, Collection and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Ordinance) that came into force on August 13th 2005, the producer is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE that the purchase replaces, on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. The old equipment that the new purchase replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the WEEE Ordinance, the producer is also required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that is bought after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

Regulations in German

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

1 September 2008

Registration Agency

The Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Producers of portable batteries

Producers must comply by participating in a collective system. Individual compliance for portable batteries is prohibited.

Producers of industrial batteries

Individual compliance is lightly regulated and usually preferable. No approval is required by the Environment Agency for individual systems.

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Packaging requirements

Obligated parties must register and submit data based on the amount of packaging handled to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

Companies opting for individual compliance must fulfill the reporting requirements and meet the recovery targets set out in the packaging legislation.


Small producers, packers, importers and distributors are exempted from their packaging obligations, if they place on the market less than a specific threshold quantity/material of packaging per year:

  • glass: 800 kg;
  • metals: 100 kg;
  • plastics: 100 kg;
  • wood: 100 kg;
  • paper, cardboard, paperboard and corrugated board: 300 kg;
  • all remaining packaging materials in total: 50 kg; and
  • whose annual turnover does not exceed 726,728.00 euros

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Meeting the requirements

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