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February 27, 2021

Gov’t amends package waste management legal framework

Under an emergency ordinance, the Government has amended the legal framework for the management of package waste in Romania, Environmental Minister Cristiana Palmer said Wednesday, adding that the older legislation had many unclear provisions that blocked the package waste market.
‘In addition to the blockage, the law would raise serious problems for Romania achieving its recycling targets committed to the EU when it entered the EU. Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of municipal waste today is dumped at landfills. We have a 50-percent recycling target, so we are very far from achieving the target. More than 30 percent of the total waste is package waste that fails to reach recycling,’ Palmer said Wednesday at the Government House.
She added that the first amendment under the emergency ordinance regards the real possibility of package makers achieving their own recycling and reclaiming targets through own resources, and not just through the responsibility transfer bodies.
Palmer said another amendment regards the fact that the responsibility transfer bodies failing to achieve their recycling targets for two years in a row will have their business licenses suspended.

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