August 10, 2016

Legislation

ABOUT LEGISLATION:

Waste management of batteries and accumulators is based on producer responsibility as set forth in the Waste Act (646/2011). This means that costs related to the collection, recycling, handling and management of waste batteries and accumulators are the responsibility of the producer. A producer refers to a Finnish importer or manufacturer that brings batteries and accumulators, or vehicles and devices that have such batteries, to the Finnish market for the first time. Producers have to set up national collection points, handle the management of collected waste batteries and take care of the related costs.

All companies that bear producer responsibility either need to be members of the producer organization or submit an application for approval in the producer register that is maintained by the Pirkanmaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre). It is not enough to merely collect used products.

If a company that bears producer responsibility does not join the producer organization or submit an application for approval in the producer register, the Pirkanmaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) can impose a penalty payment for negligence that corresponds 1% of the company’s turnover. Before such a payment is imposed, the company is asked in writing to remedy the negligence by a certain deadline (Waste Act 646/2011, § 131―133).

For more information please contact the Pirkanmaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment that acts as a national authority for producer responsibility in continental Finland. For more information on producer responsibility, please visit www.ymparisto.fi/en-US/Consumption_and_production/Waste_and_waste_management or contact the ELY Centre customer service on +358 295 020 900.

You can also get more information by following the links below:

The Waste Act (646/2011)

The Finnish Government Decree 2014/20140520 on Batteries and Accumulators