Compliance requirements in Portugal

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WEEE Regulations

Batteries Regulations

Packaging Regulations

WEEE requirements

Registration timescale

16 August 2005

Registration agency

All registration responsibilities have passed to the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) since 1-Jan-18. The register is operated through the Integrated Environmental Licensing System (SILiAmb).

Producer Requirements

Foreign entities selling directly to Portuguese end-users that are not VAT registered must appoint an Authorized Representative (AR). Entities from other EU Member States selling to VAT registered entities in Portugal may appoint an AR on behalf of the Portuguese buyer. Compliance organisations may not act as ARs.

Regulations in Portuguese

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

Not specified, but by 26 September 2009 all producers must have transferred their obligation to manage waste batteries to a collective or individual system.

Registration Agency

All battery producers were required to re-register through SILiAmb by 31-Mar-18. Individually- complying producers are required to complete this themselves, while collectively-complying producers will be re-registered by their compliance organisation.

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Producers of portable batteries

Producers of separately sold portable batteries have the option of both individual and collective compliance. The administrative and operational requirements imposed on producers (comprehensive collection infrastructure, the need for an operating license, detailed reporting requirements etc.) render individual compliance unfeasible. Collective compliance requires a contract with a compliance organisation.

Producers of industrial batteries

Producers of industrial batteries are subject to the same administrative and operational requirements as those for portable batteries, with both individual and collective compliance options available. Collective compliance is the most practical compliance option for most producers who are bound to a minimum contract of 2 years with a compliance organisation.

Battery Regulations in Portuguese

2016 Amendment

Packaging requirements

The Decree-Law set up a ‘follow-up committee' to supervise compliance with the law. CAGERE is chaired by an Environment Ministry representative and is composed of representatives of the four key ministries (Environment, Agriculture, Industry and Energy, and Trade and Tourism), a representative of the National Association of Municipalities and a representative of each association covering the economic sectors involved.

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

The deadline for meeting recycling targets in Portugal was delayed until 31 December 2011 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.


The threshold obligation for business end-users is if over 1100 litres of packaging is handled per week. Below this volume it can be collected as household waste.

Packaging Regulations in Portuguese Amendment 162-2000 in Portuguese Amendment 92-2006 in Portuguese

2016 Amendment

Meeting the requirements

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