Compliance requirements in Malta

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WEEE Regulations

Batteries Regulations

Packaging Regulations

WEEE requirements

Registration timescale

Producers had to be registered from 1 September 2015. Registration must be renewed annually by 31 March.

Registration agency

ERA (Environment & Resources Authority).

Producer Requirements
  • The financial guarantee requirement for individual compliers (EUR 210 in 2016 increasing to EUR 325 by 2021) is 10 times higher than for compliance organisations;
  • The collection targets must be achieved by B2B and B2C producers;
  • There are no provisions for annulling the guarantee once the individual complier has met compliance targets.

Regulations in English

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

From 30 May 2010, renewed each year by the 31 March

Registration Agency

ERA (Environment & Resources Authority).

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Producers of portable batteries

Joining a compliance organisation will be the preferred compliance option for most producers as individual compliance requires a permit that is subject i.e. to providing battery end-users with ‘an accessible collection point in their vicinity’. As such, individual compliance may be feasible for retail chains.

From October 2016, the eco-contribution was removed from batteries. A compliance organisation geared towards portable batteries was approved in December 2016 and became operational in Q1-2017, by taking over the battery collection operations of WasteServ.

Producers of industrial batteries
    Individual compliers are subject to permitting and audit requirements which will encourage most of them to contract with a compliance organisation. If the administration required is not of concern, individual compliance is feasible as:

  • there are no collection targets that must be reached;
  • batteries need to be taken back but there is no requirement to use or establish a ‘collection system’; and
  • end-of-life obligations can be transferred to the end-user.

Battery Regulations in English

Packaging requirements

The competent authority to which obligated parties must register and submit data based on the amount of packaging handled in Malta is still to be confirmed.

The deadline for meeting recycling targets in Malta is delayed until 31 December 2013 in accordance with the amendment to the revised Directive, 2005/20/EC.

The Competent Authority may exempt a producer from all or part of these Regulations if the producer can show that he has a signed membership agreement with an authorised packaging waste recovery scheme.

Thresholds

The Packaging Regulations in Malta applies to any business placing packaging on the market in Malta. There are no thresholds for companies who only handle small quantities of packaging.

Packaging Regulations in Maltese

Meeting the requirements

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