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Russia: recycling standards of goods and packaging approved until 2020

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the standards for the recycling of goods and packaging

Recycling standard regarding goods and packaging have been improved in Russia for the 2018-2020 period.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the standards for the recycling of goods and packaging after the loss of consumer properties for 2018-2020. The corresponding documents were published on 10 January on the website of the Cabinet.
“The standard of waste utilization in 2018 for most groups [of goods] does not exceed or equal to the waste management standard established for 2017. At the same time, for certain groups of goods, the waste disposal standard for the year 2018 is 0% and then introduced with a smooth increase in values. Values of specifications are established only for groups of goods that are subject to disposal, for which the infrastructure for waste disposal has been established and is functioning from the use of these goods, “the explanatory note to the relevant order says.
In particular, in 2018 the standard for recycling corrugated paper and paperboard, as well as containers of these materials is 25%, and in 2020 it will be 45%. The same standard is approved for corrugated cardboard packaging. It is assumed that entrepreneurs in 2018 should process 10% of the packaging from paper and non-corrugated cardboard, and in 2020 – already 20%. Similar standards are approved for polymeric, wooden and cork, as well as aluminium packaging, whereas for steel and glass packaging they are 15% and 25% respectively.
“The goal of the adopted decisions is to reduce the burden on the environment by reducing the volumes of disposal of consumer waste at landfills of solid household waste, involving waste products that are subject to disposal, into economic circulation as additional sources of raw materials and energy,” the explanatory note adds.

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