EPR in Georga -Trends and Challenges

Georgia’s national obligations under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) were discussed at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by over 200 representatives of the central and local governments, international and donor organizations, private sector, chambers of commerce and business associations. The event was a joint effort of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with the support of the European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Sweden. Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach to waste management successfully implemented throughout Europe. Under this tool, the producers and importers take a responsibility for the proper collection and treatment of specific waste. The Waste Management Code of Georgia, which will be enacted from December 2019, introduces a concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for the following specific waste streams: packaging waste (plastic, paper/cardboard, wood, metal, glass), waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-the life tires (ELTs), end-of-the life vehicles (ELVs), used oils, used batteries and accumulators. Extended Producer Responsibility is a new concept for Georgia and its introduction requires a relevant legal framework and adequate awareness of the public and private sector.