Zaliasis taškas (ZT)
Gamintojų ir Importuotojų Asociacija (GIA)
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).
Zaliasis taškas holds the exclusive licence to use the Green Dot symbol in Lithuania.
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).