Changing the Packaging Recycling Business Model – O.U.G. 74/2018

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Emergency Ordinance 74/2018, published on 19 July 2018, brings fundamental changes to Law no. 211/2011 on the waste regime, to the Law no. 249/2015 on the management of packaging and packaging waste and the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 196/2005 on the Environmental Fund.

Emergency Ordinance 74/2018 represents a first step in ensuring an optimal legal framework for the fulfillment of the obligations stipulated in the Circular Economy Package. We are witnessing a turning point in recycling packaging in Romania: replacing the current economic model (already outdated and with many deficiencies) with a new economic recycling model for packaging.

The success of the new economic model will be determined by the future normative acts regarding the implementation of the regulations adopted in the Emergency Ordinance, as well as the degree of monitoring, control and correction of the subsequent evolutions.

It is perfectly normal for a change of such magnitude to generate major risks and opportunities. But it is the duty of actors in the waste management chain to strategically integrate business models developed into the new packaging recycling model.

 

What are the essential changes made by the Emergency Ordinance 74/2018 on Packaging and Packaging Waste Management?

  1. New definitions of waste classification
  2. Increase recovery and recycling targets
  3. Changing the way to meet legal packaging recycling obligations
  4. Changing licensing conditions for CSOs
  5. Changing the responsibilities of transferring responsibility organizations
  6. \Changing the business model of the responsibility transfer organizations
  7. Regulations on reusable packaging and the guarantee / return system for unusable primary packaging

About the author:

Marius Brinzea has a managerial experience of over 20 years and is a graduate of INSEAD Executive Programs. He has worked in management positions in Romania and abroad and has provided consultancy for a number of projects in Europe, USA and South America.

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