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Lithuania

Geographical size 
65 300 km2

Population
2 943 472 (2014)

GDP (Billion euro)
34,631 billion euro (2013)

  • Zaliasis taškas (ZT)

    A.Goštauto str. 40B, LT-03163, Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Phone: +370 5 233 11 52
    E-mail: biuras@ztl.lt - Website: www.zaliasistaskas.lt

  • Gamintojų ir Importuotojų Asociacija (GIA)

    A. Juozapavičiaus g. 3-109, LT-09310 Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Phone: +370 5 273 00 84
    E-mail: info@gia.lt - Website: www.gia.lt

Producers (packers/fillers) and importers of packaged goods

All materials/products used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods from the producer to the end-user and consumer.  This includes sales/primary, grouped/secondary, and transport/tertiary packaging (cfr. definition in Directive 2004/12/EC)

All material (namely paper/cardboard, glass, plastics, metal, composites, wood and others)

The targets are higher than those in the Directive 2004/12/EC:  70% recycling for glass, 54% recycling for metals, 32% recovery and 27% recycling for PET, 32% recovery and 27% recycling for other plastics, 25% recycling or recovery for composites, 80% recovery and 76% recycling for paper & board and 45% recovery and 22% recycling for other packaging materials (incl. wood).

Not mandatory

Not mandatory
Zaliasis taškas holds the exclusive licence to use the Green Dot symbol in Lithuania.

  • Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

    A. Jakšto g. 4/9, 01105 Vilnius.
    Phone: +370 5 266 36 61
    E-mail: info@am.lt - Website: www.am.lt

Part Legislation and specific items

There is an extended producer responsibility in Lithuania. Producers and importers must ensure that targets for collection, recycling and reuse of packaging and packaging waste are reached. They may either organize packaging waste management systems themselves, or delegate this to a recovery organization.

The Lithuanian Packaging and Packaging Waste Law has been amended in 2012. The system in which obligations were met using tradable recycling certificates has been abolished, and instead there will be direct subsidies to the municipalities.

The total cost of managing packaging waste will be covered by producers and importers of packaged goods who will have to register with the authorities (cfr. Environmental Protection Agency - www.gamta.lt). They can do this by becoming a member of a collective system which will finance the municipalities’ packaging waste collection operations or by individually contracting with a waste management company that handles packaging waste.

In Lithuania local authorities have stronger waste flow control and general influence over the waste management sector. The municipalities can either arrange the collection of packaging waste from households themselves, or contract it out to a waste management company through competitive tendering. The municipalities will be funded according to the organisations’ market shares in the case where more than one producer responsibility organisation is operating

Sellers must provide point-of-sale information on how consumers may return packaging and packaging waste.

Producers who do not meet the targets must pay a weight-related ‘pollution tax’. They are exempted from the tax if the recovery target has been achieved; there is a 75% exemption if at least 75% of the targeted recovery rate has been achieved, a 50% exemption if at least 50% of the targeted recovery rate has been achieved; and a 25% exemption if at least 25% of the targeted recovery rate has been achieved.

Deposit system (www.ekotaskas.lt)
Sellers must take back the packaging of the products they sell if it is covered by a deposit system. In a bid to boost its recycling level, Lithuania is planning to extend its existing reusable glass deposit scheme to plastic and metal packaging, as well as to putting deposits on single use glass bottles. From 2015, all major retailers in Lithuania will have to take back glass as well as metal and plastic packaging such as PET bottles and cans.

At the moment, reuse targets exist for deposit-bearing refillable glass containers (85%) and other reusable packaging (80%).

  • To reach the recovery and recycling targets for its members.
  • To report its results regarding recovery and recycling, to the authorities.
  • To collect the licence fees from packers/fillers and importers.
  • To finance the waste management costs.
  • To stimulate the selective collection and recycling of packaging waste through communication campaigns.
  • To licence the exclusivity rights for the Green Dot trademark up on the territory of Lithuania (in case of Zaliasis taškas).
  • Law no. IX-517 of 25 September 2001 on the Management of Packaging and Packaging Waste, as amended by Order no. 348 of 27 June 2002, Order no. D1-226 of 29 April 2004, Order no. D1-706 of 29 December 2004, Law no. X-286 of 30 June 2005 and Order no D1-21 of 10 January 2007
  • Order no. 227 of 27 June 2002 on control procedures for the approval of noxious substances in packaging
  • Law no. IX-720 of 22 January 2002 amending the Pollution Tax Law, as amended by Law no. X-516 of 16 March 2006, and 115-116
  • Resolution no. 1168 of 24 November 2006 Order no. D1-618 of 28 December 2006 on collection and reuse targets for reusable packaging
  • Order no. D1-370/1K-230 of 9 July 2008 on calculation and payment rules for the Pollution Tax
  • Order no. D1-291 of 27 May 2009 on registration of producers and importers
  • Wesbite Gamintojų ir Importuotojų Asociacija: www.gia.lt
  • Website Zaliasis taškas: www.zaliasistaskas.lt
  • Website European Environment & Packaging Law: www.eupackaginglaw.com
  • Website Eko Taskas: www.ekotaskas.lt
  • EUROPEN - European and National Legislation on Packaging and the Environment (March 2012)

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