Compliance requirements in Poland

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WEEE Regulations

Batteries Regulations

Packaging Regulations

WEEE requirements

Registration timescale

30 September 2006

Registration agency

Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection

Producer Requirements

Collective compliance is a viable option for producers of B2B EEE, as B2B WEEE has been subject to collection targets from 2016. Management fees charged by collective compliance organisations for the management of B2B WEEE are much lower than those for B2C WEEE. Therefore, delegating collection and recycling activities to a compliance organisation is economically feasible.

Individual compliance: before the introduction of collection targets for B2B WEEE in 2016, individual compliance was popular among B2B EEE producers as individual programmes managing B2B WEEE do not require approval. Additionally, financial guarantees are not required and B2B products are not subject to product fees. Producers can locate authorised treatment facilities in each region via the EEE producer register.

Regulations in English

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

30 November 2009

Registration Agency

Inspectorate for Environmental Protection (GIOS).

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Producers of portable batteries

Producers are responsible for setting up and financing collection schemes and they must have concluded an agreement with a ‘collector’ and a battery treatment facility by 1 January 2010. Producers remain individually responsible for annual input and output reporting as well as for meeting annual collection targets. Producers must spend a minimum of 0.1% of the turnover from batteries on public awareness raising campaigns. They can do so themselves or by paying the equivalent amount to the authorities in the province where they are based. Collectors are licensed waste collection point operators, municipal waste management administrations or entities licensed to collect municipal waste. The Polish Batteries Act does not define or regulate collective systems. Existing WEEE systems, whose activities are restricted by the WEEE Act to services related to WEEE, may assume producers’ operational but not their legal responsibilities.

Producers of industrial batteries

From 12 June 2009 producers must take back non-lead industrial batteries within 30 days of request from end-users at the producer’s expense. Lead-acid accumulators must be taken back from end-users, retailers and wholesalers at the producer’s expense. Information on the manner and conditions of take-back must be enclosed with the product. Producers may enter into agreements with end-users on different financing arrangements for collection and treatment. Individual compliance is permitted with no approval required from GIOS.

Battery Regulations in English

Battery Regulations in Polish

Packaging requirements

Obligated parties must register and submit data based on the amount of packaging handled, to the Ministry of Environment.

The deadline for meeting recycling targets in Poland is delayed until 31 December 2014 in accordance with the amendment to the revised Directive, 2005/20/EC.

Producers and importers are obliged to achieve the specified recovery and recycling targets. These obligations can be fulfilled individually or jointly through an authorised recovery organisation.

If a producer joins an authorised recovery organisation, the obligations are passed onto this organisation. Producers and recovery organisations must register with the relevant authorities.

Individual producers or recovery organisations that do not meet the required levels of recovery and recycling must pay a product charge. The product fee is calculated separately for each type of packaging.

Thresholds

All importers, packers / fillers and producers packing articles produced by another producer and placing them on the Polish market are covered by the collection and recycling obligations of the act. There are no thresholds for companies who only handle small quantities of packaging.

Retail outlets with over 2000 sq. m are obliged to organise at their own cost collection of packaging waste after products offered for sale in the outlet, and separate the waste according to the packaging types defined in the waste legislation

Entirely separate producer responsibility regimes now apply to multi-material packaging (i.e. composites) and to packaging used for hazardous products. They have their own collection systems and recovery and recycling targets, and are no longer able to participate in the compliance organisations set up to fulfil the obligations of producers of other packaged products.

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