OBLIGATIONS OF A COMPANY

THE PROVISIONS OF PACKAGING LAW APPLY TO ALL COMPANIES THAT INTRODUCE PACKAGED GOODS ON THE POLISH MARKET, i.e.:

Producers

 Importers or intra-community buyers

 Distributors

 Companies ordering production of goods

 Companies packaging products made by another company

 Operators of a retail outlet or retail outlets with retail space over 500 sqm that sell packaged goods in these outlets

Operators of more than one retail outlet with total retail space over 500 sqm that sell packaged goods in these outlets

IF YOUR COMPANY INTRODUCES PACKAGED GOODS ON THE MARKET, YOU ARE OBLIGED TO:

Ensure recovery and recycling of packaging waste of the same kind as those in which you introduced goods on the market:more/collapse

A company is obliged to recover and recycle packaging waste generated by:

  • paper and cardboard packaging
  • plastic packaging
  • aluminium packaging
  • glass packaging
  • steel packaging, including steel plate
  • wooden packaging
  • multi-material packaging*
  • packaging used for hazardous substances*

EXAMPLE

If you introduce a product on the market that has foil packaging, is transported in stretch wrapped cardboard boxes, or placed on wooden pallets, you are obliged to recover and recycle packaging made of plastic, paper and cardboard, or wood (in the case of new pallets purchased in Poland or imported if they did not leave Poland in the same calendar year)

*Pursuant to Article 18 and Article 25 of the Act on packaging and packaging waste management of 13 June 2013, introducing goods in multi-material packaging or hazardous substances on the market you must either fulfil the obligation regarding packaging waste recycling on your own or by an agreement concluded by a local trade organisation (‘Chamber’). It means among others that as of 1 January 2014 cooperation with us with regard to multi-material packaging and packaging used for hazardous substances may only concern the fulfilment of the obligation concerning environmental education and reporting.

 Run public educational campaigns, i.e. all kinds of actions aiming to increase the environmental awareness of the society:more/collapse

Pursuant to Article 19(1) of the Act on packaging and packaging waste management of 13 June 2013, by introducing packaged goods on the market you are obliged to run public educational campaigns on your own or through packaging recovery organisations.

  • If you fulfil this obligation on your own, you must allocate for this purpose or pay into the account of the National Environmental Protection and Water Management Fund at least 2% of the net value of the packaging introduced on the market in the previous calendar year.
  • The Packaging Recovery Organisation that takes over your obligation must donate at least 5% of its revenues obtained in the previous calendar year from the fulfilment of this obligation to public educational campaigns.

This obligation must also be fulfilled by the entities introducing packaged goods below 1 Mg on the market and the entities introducing packaged multi-material goods or hazardous substances on the market.

Keep a register including information on the mass of packaging in which you introduced goods on the market (you are obliged to store the information included in the register for 5 years, starting from the end of the calendar year that the information concerns).