Additional working meeting was held with the manufacturers and importers to discuss Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) related issuesDeputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Solomon Pavliashvili held a meeting with the manufacturers / importers of electrical and electronic equipment.
The timelines for the implementation of four technical regulations adopted by the Government of Georgia to introduce the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principles have been discussed at the meeting.
‘’The "Waste Management Code" ensures the gradual introduction of modern approaches and technologies of waste management in the country. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture is actively working in this area. The timelines for the implementation of four technical regulations is an important challange we are facing at this stage, for which, the Ministry has taken a number of steps, taking into account the positions, comments, and suggestions of the manufacturers. ‘’ said Mr. Solomon Pavliashvili
From June 1, 2022, certain obligations will be imposed on manufacturers of products subject to the Extended Producer Responsibility.
The manufacturers must be registered in the EPR electronic register, they should be a member of the EPR organization and make a commitment to further manage the waste of the products they import.
From 1 July 2022, distributors of products subject to the relevant EPR are obliged not to place on the market products supplied by those manufacturers who are not registered in the EPR electronic register and are not members of the EPR organization.
It should be mentioned, that on May 25, 2020, the Government of Georgia adopted four technical regulations for the implementation of the EPR:
• Technical Regulation on Management of Waste Batteries and Accumulators
• Technical Regulation on Management of Waste Tires
• Technical Regulation on Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
• Technical Regulation on Management of Waste Oils