Latvia flat


Geographical size 
64 573 km2

2 001 468 (2014)

GDP (Billion euro)
23,372 billion euro (2013)

Producers of goods, service providers or sellers who pack the goods, as well as importers who import packaged goods or products (>300 kg of packaging per year)

All products made of any materials of any nature to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods, from raw materials to processed goods, from the producer to the user or the consumer. Non-returnable items used for the same purpose are also considered to constitute packaging (cfr. definition in Directive 94/62/EC).

All material (namely glass, plastic, paper and cardboard (including composite cardboard products), metal, wood,…)

Overall recovery target (by weigth): 60%
Overall recycling target (by weigth): 55% with specific recycling target for paper/cardboard (60%), plastic (22,5%), metal (50%), wood (15%) & glass (60%).
The Directive’s targets have to be reached by 2015.

Not mandatory

Not mandatory
Latvijas Zalais Punkts is licensed to use the Green Dot symbol.

  • Latvian State Environmental Service (Valsts vides dienests)

    Rūpniecības iela 23 - Rīga LV-1045 (Latvia)
    Phone: +371 67084200  - Fax: +371 67084212
    E-mail: - Website:

Part Legislation and specific items

In order to fulfil its responsibility regarding packaging and packaging waste, a party responsible for packaging may either join one of the approved organizations, or register with the State Environmental Service as individual compliers, organize its own packaging waste collection and recovery and report annually to the Ministry on progress with implementation of its corporate action plan.

Packaging and disposable tableware are subject to a Natural Resources Tax, which includes a material-specific tax charged per weight of packaging material. Recovery organizations meeting their targets are exempt from the tax, but producers who claim the exemption but do not fulfil their obligations not only have to pay the tax but must also pay a fine equal to three times the tax.

There is a deposit system for reusable packaging. An amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Law extending this deposit system to non-reusable packaging is discussed by the Latvian Parliament which has yet to reach an agreement on this proposal. No further developments are anticipated before the general elections in October 2014.

  • To reach the recovery and recycling targets for its members
  • To report its results regarding recovery and recycling, to the authorities
  • To develop collection and sorting systems (among other) in cooperation with the municipalities
  • To collect the licence fees from packers/fillers and importers
  • To finance the cost of collection, sorting and recycling of packaging waste
  • To stimulate the selective collection and recycling of packaging waste through communication campaigns

Waste Management Law (2010.) with amendments made in 2011.
Packaging Law (2002) the amendments made in 2011.
Procedures for Exemption of natural resources tax on packaging and disposable tableware and accessories"(2009).
Wesbite Latvijas Zalais Punkts:
Website Zalais centrs:
Website Zala Josta :
EUROPEN - European and National Legislation on Packaging and the Environment (March 2012)

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