Legislative amendments in the field of packaging and packaging waste management
Government Emergency Ordinance no. 74/2018 was issued on 17 July 2018 for the amendment and completion of Law no. 211/2011 regarding the waste regime, of Law no. 249/2015 regarding packaging and packaging waste management and of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 196/2005 regarding the Environmental Fund (hereinafter as "Emergency Ordinance" or "GEO 74/2018").
The Emergency Ordinance brings several legislative changes, in particular in the field of packaging and packaging waste management.
The legislative amendments were drafted with the purpose of aligning Romania with the European waste management legislation and of implementing the "pay-as-you-throw" economic instruments, the "extended producer responsibility" and the "landfill tax", as well as establishing the responsibilities of all the parties involved, including those changes resulting from promoting the circular economy package. Moreover, taking into account the European Commission approach, which is reflected in the circular economy package, a "contribution for the circular economy" has been established to replace the landfill tax.