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Finland: Battery and Packaging Registration

As we informed you in our news article of 24 August 2021, a comprehensive reform of the Waste Act 646/2011 came into force in Finland on 19 July 2021. Foreign online retailers will need registration not only for electrical appliances, but from now on also for batteries and packaging.
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Italy: Guide to environmental labelling available

Legislative Decree No. 116/2020 imposed a strict labelling obligation on manufacturers and distributors of packaging in Italy. The interpretation of the decree, provided by CONAI (the national consortium for packaging) in the form of a guide, is now also available in German. You will even find the English version here.
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WEEE UK: The Future of the DTS - Status Update

As a retailer selling more than £100,000 worth of electrical goods and running a retail store or other establishment (including showrooms) in the UK, you must offer your own take-back of electrical goods from private households on a one-to-one, like-for-like basis. The authorities are increasingly enforcing this from this year.
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France: Release of the sorting information guidelines for packaging

On the 27th September, Citeo, the French packaging take-back scheme released their sorting guideline. This guideline explains the producers how to adjust the labelling of packaging based on the updated regulations. It contains all pictograms necessary to create individual sorting information based on your possible packaging composition.
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Austria: Battery Registration is mandatory

An amendment to the Austrian Battery Ordinance came into force on 8th July 2021. We would like to inform you about important changes that will take place starting January 2022. With the adjustment of the term “Producer”, non-Austrian distance sellers who sell directly to end users in Austria are now obliged to participate in a take-back system and to appoint an authorized representative. Furthermore, there are changes regarding obligations to provide information in stores.
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UK: Classification of portable and industrial batteries

As part of the ongoing review of the UK Producer Regulations, an announcement from the Environment Agency on forthcoming changes to the Waste Battery and Accumulator Regulations 2009 was expected soon.
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WEEE Germany: Free ElektroG compliance consultation

On 18 October 2021, from 11:00h to 12:00h (CET), Magdalena Barylska, consultant at take-e-way GmbH, will be available for one hour to answer your questions on the subject “Amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)”. On this occasion you will have the opportunity to discuss your problems and unrevolved questions together with other traders and manufacturers concerned. Registration is not required. Simply participate at the said time via the following link.
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UK: Plastic Packaging Tax expected to come into force in April 2022

This tax will impose a flat fee of £200 per ton on primary, secondary or transit packaging containing less than 30% recycled content.
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France packaging act: Final approval of the harmonised sorting information guidelines

This July, the French packaging take-back schemes submitted to the French authority a proposal concerning the sorting information guidelines. The French government gave their approval to validate this proposal on the 9th September 2021. This decision will allow the take-back schemes to release their definitive version of the harmonised sorting information, together with a user hand book and all necessary technical specifications. The information will be released shortly.
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Amazon requires proof of registration according to the Packaging Act, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and the Battery Act

As reported by Internetrecht Rostock, Amazon is currently contacting sellers identified by Amazon as manufacturers who sell to Germany and/or France about the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations. Amazon has announced that it will suspend non-compliant listings, i.e. remove them from the platform.
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