Romanian Government Emergency Ordinance no. 50/2019 to change and update some important norms (Law 249/2015 on packaging and waste packaging management and Emergency Ordinance 196/2005 on the Environmental Fund), published in the Official Journal of Romania no. 543/2 July 2019, introduces amendments which have an impact on several categories of companies.
Companies which generate or possess waste with which they carry out transactions, those that carry out waste management activities, as well as territorial-administrative units (TAU) will have to enforce these new provisions, which include the following:
Furthermore, the ecotax for plastic carrier bags, except those manufactured in line with the requirements of Standard 13432:2002 from materials that allow recovery through composting or biodegradation, has been increased from 0.1 RON/piece to 0.15 RON/piece. To inform end users, the value of the ecotax must be visibly displayed at the selling point.
New clarifications have also been introduced for hotels and food companies on the management of packaging and the management of waste generated from packages used.
The recycling and recovery targets are presented in detail for the period 2019-2025, and starting 2023 a gradual increase in these targets has been introduced.
The draft law for the approval of the Ordinance had already been registered at the Romanian Senate for debate.
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