Legal basis

Legal basis

Waste Management Act (WMA) has obliged all producers or importers of packaged goods to collect, recycle and recover their packaging waste.

Producers and importers have obligation to achieve targets for recycling and recovery of packaging waste generated in result of the use of the produced/imported goods.

The targets are quantitative. They are determined in the Waste Management Act as a percentage of the total quantity of packaging waste generated. 

Producers and importers may fulfil the specified obligations:

  • individually, by organizing themselves the collection and recovery of their packaging waste;
  • through joining a collective system represented by a "recovery organization" such as ECOPACK BULGARIA.

QUANTITATIVE TARGETS FOR RECOVERY AND RECYCLING OF PACKAGING WASTE

 

Targets

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

 

Recovery

20%

25%

35%

39%

42%

46%

48%

50%

 

Recycling

-

-

34%

38%

42%

45%

47%

49%

 

Specific Targets by Material

-

-

8%
plastics
26%
glass
15%
paper
15%
metals

12%
plastics
33%
glass
15%
paper
15%
metals

14,5%
plastics
40%
glass
60%
paper
50%
metals
15%
timber

17%
plastics
46%
glass
60%
paper
50%
metals
15%
timber

19%
plastics
51%
glass
60%
paper
50%
metals
15%
timber

20%
plastics
55%
glass
60%
paper
50%
metals
15%
timber

You could find the complete text of the Waste Management Act (State Gazette, issue 86 of 30.09.2003) and the Ordinance on Packaging and Packaging Waste (State Gazette, issue 19 of 09.03.2004, amended issue 56 of 29.06.2004) at the address of our website:

http://www.ecopack.bg/