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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 414
Adopted 22 July 2003

Regulations regarding Application of Deposit System to Reusable Packaging

Issued pursuant to
Section 18, Paragraphs one and six of
the Packaging Law

1. These Regulations prescribe:

1.1. the types of packaging to which a deposit system is applied;

1.2. the criteria for the setting up and application of a deposit system;

1.3. the procedures for the setting up and application of a deposit system;

1.4. the amount of deposit payment;

1.5. the procedures for refund of deposit payment;

1.6. the procedures for the registration of packaging included in the deposit system;

1.7. the report system for packaging included in the deposit system; and

1.8. the procedures for the control of packaging circulation included in the deposit system;

2. The deposit system shall be applied to primary and secondary reusable packaging the types of which are specified in Annex 1 of these Regulations.

3. The State Environmental Impact Assessment Bureau shall register those manufacturers and importers of goods which utilise the reusable primary or secondary packaging specified in Annex 1 of these Regulations.

4. Reusable primary and secondary packaging to which a deposit system is applied (hereinafter - deposit packaging) on the basis of technical documentation (specification of packaging) submitted by a manufacturer of goods or association of manufacturers of goods (hereinafter - manufacturer) or importer shall be manufactured in conformity with the requirements of Latvian Standard LVS EN 13429:2003 "Iepakojums" Atkārtota lietošana" [Packaging. Reuse] requirements.

5. The label of the primary deposit packaging shall include a special indication in conformity with Annex 2 of these Regulations. This indication shall be clearly visible and kept after opening the deposit packaging until the return thereof to the manufacturer or importer. The manufacturer and importer shall be responsible for placing the special indication on the label.

6. Relevant information regarding primary and secondary deposit packaging shall be specified in the accompanying documents of the goods.

7. When selling goods, the deposit payment shall be specified separately:

7.1. for the primary and secondary deposit packaging - in the bill of lading;

7.2. for the primary deposit packaging in retail trade - in the price tag of the goods.

8. The manufacturer or importer who utilises reusable packaging and wishes to apply the deposit system thereto shall submit to the Ministry of Environment (hereinafter - Ministry) a submission regarding application of the deposit system to particular reusable packaging. The submission shall include information regarding groups of goods and packaging to which the deposit system is intended to be applied. The following shall be appended to the submission:

8.1. documents verifying conformity of packaging with the requirements of Latvian Standard LVS EN 13429:2003 "Iepakojums. Atkārtota lietošana" (including the declaration of conformity specified in Annex B of the Standard and substantiation for the information provided therein).

8.2. documents specifying the amount of a deposit payment for the particular packaging and substantiation for determining it in accordance with the calculations performed in the undertaking; and

8.3. documents specifying how much of the packaging to which the deposit system is intended to be applied is at the disposal of the manufacturer or importer.

9. In addition to the documents referred to in Paragraph 8 of these Regulations, the importer shall submit to the Ministry a contract (the copy) entered into with a supplier of the good or product in other countries regarding acceptance of reusable packaging and covering of all foreseeable expenses made in Latvia related to the application of the deposit system to a particular reusable packaging.

10. The retailer may enter into a contract with a merchant who undertakes to ensure acceptance of the deposit packaging from the consumer. In such case the retailer shall inform the consumer of the place and facilities for acceptance of the deposit packaging.

11. Within a period of one month the Ministry shall evaluate the documents submitted by the manufacturer or importer and inform the manufacturer or importer regarding the decision taken to support the application of the deposit system or refuse the submission specifying the motivation for such a decision.

12. Only the manufacturers or importers registered with the State Environmental Impact Assessment Bureau shall be entitled to use the special indication provided for in Annex 2 of these Regulations which certifies the application of the deposit system to the primary packaging. The special indication may be used exclusively for the packaging of the relevant group of goods referred to in Annex 1 of these Regulations.

13. The manufacturer or importer wishing to utilise primary or secondary packaging referred to in Annex 1 of these Regulations, but who is not registered in compliance with the requirements of Paragraph 3 of these Regulations, shall register with the State Environmental Impact Assessment Bureau and submit the documents specified in Sub-paragraphs 8.1 and 8.3 of these Regulations (the importer shall also submit the documents specified in Paragraph 9 of these Regulations).

14. The manufacturer or importer who utilises deposit packaging shall provide retailers and consumers with information regarding the deposit system both by means of the mass media, and by placing information in retail outlets in which goods in deposit packaging are sold.

15. The manufacturer or importer and retailer or merchant shall include procedures for the circulation of mutual accounts and documented substantiation in relation to deposit packaging in the supply contract of the good or other specific contract.

16. The primary deposit packaging shall not be accepted back from the consumer if the packaging is damaged or does not comply with the requirements of Paragraph 5 of these Regulations.

17. The secondary deposit packaging shall not be accepted back from the retailer if the packaging is damaged.

18. The manufacturer or importer who utilises a deposit packaging may propose revision of the amount of deposit payment or discontinue the application of the deposit system to the particular packaging. The manufacturer or importer shall submit to the Ministry, a submission regarding the necessity for revision of the amount of deposit payment or discontinue the application of the deposit system for the particular packaging and specify the reasons.

19. Within a period of one month, the Ministry shall evaluate the documents submitted by the manufacturer or importer and inform the manufacturer or importer regarding the decision taken to support the discontinuation of the application of the deposit system or changes in the amount of deposit payment for the particular packaging or to refuse the submission, specifying the motivation for such a decision.

20. Not later than two months before the discontinuation of the application of the deposit system or changes in the amount of deposit payment, the manufacturer or importer shall notify the trading partners (retailers to which the undertaking sells the production) regarding the changes in the amount of deposit payment or discontinuation of the application of the deposit system to the relevant packaging.

21. After the discontinuation of the application of the deposit system, the special indication (Annex 2) shall not be used for the particular packaging. The manufacturer or importer shall ensure the acceptance of deposit packaging from the retailer or merchant for 180 days, but the retailer or merchant shall ensure the acceptance of deposit packaging from the consumer for 170 days after the discontinuation of the application of the deposit system for a particular packaging. The manufacturer or importer shall pay to the retailer or merchant for all deposit packaging accepted from the consumer before the moment of discontinuation of the acceptance of deposit packaging.

22. The manufacturer or importer shall inform the consumers of changes in the amount of deposit payment or discontinuation of the application of the deposit system to a particular packaging both by means of the mass media, and placing information in retail outlets where goods in the relevant packaging are sold, and in used packaging reception centres with which contracts have been entered into regarding the acceptance of deposit packaging from the consumer.

23. A retailer selling goods in the retail trade and the sales turnover of which does not exceed 1000 lats a month or the total area of the sales location of which does not exceed 100 m2 shall not be obliged to accept back more deposit packaging units than sold thereby.

24. Deposit payment shall be determined on the basis of the acquisition value of the corresponding packaging. Deposit payment for the type of packaging of one group of goods shall be the same irrespective of the manufacturer or importer. The amount of a deposit payment is specified in Annex 1 of these Regulations.

25. The retailer or merchant with whom a contract regarding the collection of deposit packaging has been entered into shall pay in full to the consumer the deposit payment for the deposit packaging returned in compliance with Annex 1 of these Regulations.

26. The manufacturer or importer shall pay in full to the retailer or merchant the deposit payment for the returned deposit packaging in compliance with Annex 1 of these Regulations.

27. The manufacturer or importer shall reimburse to the retailer or merchant for the collection of deposit packaging (including the acceptance from the consumer, inventory, storage, loading) in accordance with mutual agreement.

28. The retailer shall provide an inventory of deposit packaging, specifying the amount of deposit material received, sold, collected back from the consumer or handed over to the importer or retailer separately by the types of materials.

29. If the manufacturer or importer, retailer and merchant have entered into a triangular agreement regarding the acceptance of deposit packaging, the merchant shall provide a separate inventory of the deposit packaging specifying the amount of deposit packaging collected back from the consumer and handed over to the manufacturer.

30. The manufacturer or importer who utilises deposit packaging shall twice in a calendar year prepare a report on the deposit packaging purchased, sold and collected back in accordance with Annex 3 of these Regulations. The report shall be prepared for the first six months of the current year and submitted to the Ministry before the thirtieth date of the following month.

31. The State environmental inspectors shall control the compliance with these Regulations, including the use of the special indication specified in Annex 2 of these Regulations.

32. If the retailer is not able to conform with the requirements of self-control, hygiene and construction and to ensure the acceptance of deposit packaging from the consumer, he or she may refuse to accept thereof for a period of two years after the coming into force of these Regulations by informing the consumer of locations and facilities for the acceptance of the specific packaging.

33. The deposit system shall commence to be applied from 1 January 2004.

Prime Minister E. Repše

Acting for the Minister for Environment -
Minister for Transport R. Zīle

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 414
22 July 2003

Types of Reusable Packaging to which the Deposit System, Amount of Deposit Payment and Groups of Goods are Applicable

No.

Type of packaging

Group of goods

Deposit fee (in lats)

1.

Glass bottles with volume 0,33 litres, colourless Mineral water

0,06

2.

Glass bottles with volume 0,33 litres, colourless Beer

0,06

3.

Glass bottles with volume 0,33 litres, brown Beer

0,05

4.

Glass bottles with volume 0,5 litres, brown Beer

0,05

5.

Plastic bottle crates, green (capacity - 20 bottles with volume 0,5 litres) Beer

1,72

6.

Plastic bottle crates, blue (capacity -24 bottles with volume 0.33 litres) Beer and mineral water

2,00

Acting for the Minister for Environment,
Minister for Transport R. Zīle

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 414
22 July 2003

Special Indication

The special indication shall be placed on the label of reusable primary packaging included in the deposit system.

Acting for the Minister for Environment,
Minister for Transport R. Zīle

 

Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 414
22 July 2003

Report on Purchased, Sold and Collected Packaging

(name of the manufacturer,

legal address

and registration number in the Enterprise Register)


No.

Type of packaging to which the deposit system is applied;
(unit mass kg)

Amount of packaging purchased by the manufacturer
(number)

Amount of packaging together with goods sold by the manufacturer or importer
(number)

Amount of packaging collected back by the manufacturer or importer
(number)

Proportion of packaging collected back by the manufacturer or importer in relation to the total amount of packaging sold
(in per cent)

Packaging withdrawn from the circulation and to which the deposit system is applied
(number/ kg)

1.
2.
3.

Report was prepared by
 

(position, given name, surname)


I certify that the information provided in the report is complete and correct
 

(position, given name, surname of the official of a commercial company )

Place for a seal

Date: ___ ___________ 200___

Acting for the Minister for Environment,
Minister for Transport R. Zīle

 


Translation © 2003 Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre)

 
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