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The document was developed on behalf of the President of Russia.

The document, developed on behalf of the President of Russia, was approved by the Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko. Its approval during the current year was preceded by a multilateral and multi-format dialogue of about 40 representatives of relevant departments, associations of commodity producers and companies engaged in waste management, at the site of a specially created working group.

The final meeting on the creation of the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) was held by Victoria Abramchenko on December 21. As a result, a decision was made to abolish the standards for the disposal of packaging while retaining responsibility for the manufacturers of goods. Then the meeting participants noted that this mechanism will not lead to an increase in the cost of consumer goods, and the administration of the system through digitalization and translation of reporting into electronic form will not create administrative barriers for business. Payment for the disposal of packaging should not be included in the tariff for the population.

Extended producer liability has been in effect in Russia since 2014. As a result, today the population pays to regional operators more than 190 billion rubles a year, and business – a little over 3 billion rubles.

Thus, new rules are being defined by the state that will encourage waste disposal in line with the national development goals set by the President. Since the beginning of the practical implementation of the EPR Concept – from 2022 – it is necessary to achieve a complete balance between the packaging released into circulation and its disposal.

Entrepreneurs will be able to realize responsibility on their own – by concluding an agreement with a utilizer or through utilization at their facilities. Otherwise, you need to pay an environmental fee. This will create the necessary impetus for the utilization of the generated waste and will improve, “whitewash” the entire system of MSW management in the country. Before the new EPR mechanism begins to operate, the responsible agencies, together with market participants, have a lot of work to do to create a new regulatory framework. The corresponding “road map” on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister is to be developed and approved by February 15, 2021.

“We must eliminate gray areas and legal gaps that allowed us to evade responsibility for the disposal of the waste produced, to form measures to involve recyclable materials in circulation. Among the decisions taken – strengthening control over the actual disposal, which will be implemented thanks to the state information system. It will implement the principle of cross-reporting with the introduction of a register of utilizers, fixing the volume of packaging and goods put on the market, “Viktoria Abramchenko commented on this task earlier.

And for the industries that implement the actual disposal and stimulate the use of recyclable materials, the necessary measures of state support will be developed. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, together with the Ministry of Natural Resources, was also tasked with working out the inclusion of a mandatory percentage of recyclable materials in the requirements for packaging products.

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