Supporting Extended Producer’s Responsibility in Georgia

Nov 1, 2017

Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Over 70 Georgian Government officials, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, business associations, chambers and companies got together on November 1, 2017, to discuss the Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR) in Georgia.

With the focus on the successful EPR models and policy instruments in developed countries, the meeting participants discussed current situation in Georgia, including the requirements of the Waste Management Code coming into force on December 1, 2019.

The discussion was organised by the Georgian non-governmental organization “Georgia’s Environmental Outlook” – GEO with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Sweden and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia.

The Waste Management Code of Georgia was adopted in 2014 and enters into force from December 2019. According the Code, maufacturers and legal entities who place a product onto the market are responsible for ensuring the reduction of negative environmental impacts that may follow its production, use, waste recovery or disposal.

Extended Producers’ Responsibility is a new concept for Georgia and its introduction requires a relevant legal framework and adequate awareness of the public and private sector.

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