As Italy and France did (take-e-way reported on this), Bulgaria renewed the Packaging Ordinance with due date 8 January 2021. Under Extended Producer Responsibility, distributors are responsible for the collection and treatment of waste from their products.
This applies to foreign companies in particular if they distribute products to end-users in Bulgaria. Duties such as waste collection, official reporting and information campaigns can be transferred to a take-back-scheme. With the quantity reporting and payment of disposal costs, these obligations are fulfilled for producers. The obligation remains to minimise the packaging itself and its hazardous substances, to provide the required declarations of conformity and to label the packaging with disposal instructions.
According to the newest version of the Packaging Decree, the labelling obligation applies to all packaging placed on the market in Bulgaria for the first time from 1 January 2022.
Like the Italian decree, the Bulgarian Packaging Ordinance requires the alphanumeric codes of EU Decision 97/129/EC to identify the packaging material. The code must be placed in the middle of the three arrows symbol of Möbius loop (see Annex 3, VerpVO). Also the tidyman must be clearly legible and permanently affixed to the packaging component with the largest weight or to a label (see Appendix 4, VerpVO).
A fine of BGN 10000 (€ 5000) to BGN 50000 (€ 25000) shall be imposed on any infringement.
Should you have any queries related, please do not hesitate to approach Ms Rebekka Schwarber (+49/40/750687-150 or email@example.com).
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