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Government approves draft bill on waste disposal

The waste management in Slovakia has needed some changes in rules for some time, and the draft bill passed by the government on December 17 will bring things in line with European Union standards, official say.

The waste management in Slovakia has needed some changes in rules for some time, and the draft bill passed by the government on December 17 will bring things in line with European Union standards, official say.

The proposal, elaborated by the Environment Ministry, was cleared by the European Commission in December. It introduces a bigger responsibility of producers and importers for a product, from its production all way to its disposal as waste. This means in practice that producers will be responsible for the recycling and disposal of their own products. This applies for example to the producers of producers of importers of electric devices, cars, tires, storage batteries, but also paper, plastic and glass.

Municipalities will be only obliged to pay for the disposal of mixed municipal waste which should motivate them to sort our and classify the waste, Environment Minister Peter Žiga opined. Currently, 74 percent of communal waste in Slovakia ends up in waste dumps.

The law will also cancel the Recycling Fund.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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Topic: European Union


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