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Republic of Latvia

Regulation No. 140
Adopted 2 April 2002

Packaging Classification and Marking Regulations

Issued pursuant to Section 10, Paragraph two of the
Packaging Law

1. These Regulations prescribe the procedures for the classification and marking of packaging.

2. The packaging materials shall be classified in accordance with Annex 1 of these Regulations.

3. The packer shall indicate the following information in the packaging or packaging material marking located on the packaging or its label:

3.1. type of packaging material (it shall be indicated by a code number or mark in conformity with Annex 2 of these Regulations);

3.2. possible type of processing of the packaging material (in conformity with Annex 3 of these Regulations).

4. Marking shall be clearly visible, easy legible and permanent (also after opening of the packaging).

5. If the end user of the packaged goods is a manufacturer or a service provider that uses the goods as raw materials, the information on the packaging of raw material may be indicated in the accompanying documents only.

6. A packer is liable for the correctness of information indicated on the marking or label of the packaging.

7. The following need not be marked:

7.1. packaging or its components if after opening its surface area is less than 20000 mm2 or its nominal volume is less than 100 ml;

7.2. corks or other packaging components the weight of which is less than 50 grams;

7.3. labels, inlays or gaskets and wrapping materials if they are not printed.

8. Until 1 January 2004 packaging produced from glass, paper, paperboard, wood, textiles and composite material marking shall be voluntary.

9. Packaging manufactured from metal and plastic raw materials need not be marked, if it has been manufactured, imported or placed on the market together with goods by 1 July 2002. If the goods and packaging supply contract has been concluded before 1 July 2002, the referred to packaging need not be marked until expiration of the contract.

10. These Regulations come into force on 1 July 2002.

Prime Minister A. Bērziņš

Minister for Environmental Protection
and Regional Development V. Makarovs


Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 140
2 April 2002

Classification of Packaging Materials

No.p.k. Group of packaging materials materiālu grupa Type of packaging material
1. Packaging from Wood, cork
natural fibre Paper, paperboard, corrugated paper
  raw materials Textiles (cotton, jute and other textile materials)
2. Metal packaging Iron, iron sheet metal, aluminium and other metals
3. Glass packaging Achromatic or coloured glass
4. Plastic Polyethylene terephtalate (PET), high density
packaging polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene
(LDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP),
oriented polypropylene (OPP), biaxially
oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polystyrene (PS),
    polystyrene foam (EPS) and other plastic
5. Packaging from Paper and cardboard laminates with plastic and/or
composite materials metal components
Plastic laminates with metal components
Glass laminates with plastic and/or metal

Minister for Environmental Protection
and Regional Development V. Makarovs


Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 140
2 April 2002

Mark and Code Number of Packaging Materials

No. Type of packaging material Mark Code number
1. Plastic, including:   1-19
1.1. polyethylene terephtalate PET 1
1.2. high density polyethylene HDPE 2
1.3. polyvinyl chloride PVC 3
1.4. low density polyethylene LDPE 4
1.5. polypropylene PP 5
1.6. polystyrene PS 6
1.7. other polymers   7
2. Paper and cardboard, including:   20-39
2.1. corrugated cardboard PAP 20
2.2. paperboard PAP 21
2.3. paper PAP 22
3. Metal, including:   40-49
3.1. iron, iron sheet metal FE 40
3.2. aluminium ALU 41
4. Wood, including:   50-59
4.1. wood FOR 50
4.2. cork FOR 51
5. Textiles, including:   60-69
5.1. cotton TEX 60
5.2. jute TEX 61
6. Glass, including:   70-79
6.1. achromatic GL 70
6.2. green GL 71
6.3. brown GL 72
7. Composite materials, including: C/* 80-99
7.1. paper and paperboard/mixed materials   80
7.2. paper and paperboard/plastic   81
7.3. paper and paperboard/aluminium   82
7.4. paper and paperboard/iron sheet metal   83
7.5. paper and paperboard/plastic/aluminium   84
7.6. paper and paperboard/plastic/aluminium/iron sheet metal   85
7.7. plastic/aluminium   90
7.8. plastic/iron sheet metal   91
7.9. plastic/mixed metals   92
7.10. glass/plastic   95
7.11. glass/aluminium   96
7.12. glass/iron sheet metal   97
7.13. glass/mixed metals   98


* The mark of composite materials shall be formed of a letter C and the mark of the dominant material indicated after the slash.

Minister for Environmental Protection
and Regional Development V. Makarovs


Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 140
2 April 2002

Special Marks

1. To Be Utilised for Recycling

The marking shall contain a general graphical symbol of recycling (Figure 1) or a simplified general graphical symbol of recycling (Figure 2) and a code number of the relevant packaging material, which shall be placed in the graphic symbol, and/or abbreviation, which shall be placed under the graphic symbol (Figure 3).

2. Secondary Raw Materials, which have been utilised in Manufacturing of Packaging or Packaging Material

The marking shall contain a general graphical symbol of recycling or a simplified general graphical symbol of recycling and a code number of the relevant packaging material, which shall be placed in the graphic symbol, and the internationally accepted mark "Recycled (number) %", which shall be placed under the graphic symbol. The indicated number conforms to the quantity in percent of secondary raw materials in the packaging material.

Minister for Environmental Protection
and Regional Development V. Makarovs

Translation © 2002 Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre)

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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 140Adoption: 02.04.2002.Entry into force: 01.07.2002.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 52, 05.04.2002.
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