Producers (packers/fillers) and importers placing packaging on the Maltese market
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 plastics (including plastic bags), metals, beverage cartons, other composites, paper/cardboard, aluminium, glass and wood)
Overall recovery target (by weight): 60%
Overall recycling target (by weight): 55% with specific recycling target for paper/cardboard (60%), plastic (22,5%), metal (50%), wood (15%) & glass (60%).
GreenPak has been licenced to use the on pack Green Dot symbol in Malta. Considering Imports account for some 90% of the packaging placed in Malta, either the original manufacturer or the local importer can register the use of the Green Dot.
Part Legislation and specific items
The Waste Management (Packaging & Packaging Waste) Regulations, L.N. 277 of 2006 shall apply to all packaging put on the market in Malta and all packaging waste, whether it is used or released at industrial, commercial, office, shop, service, household or any other level, regardless of the material used, unless such packaging is expressly excluded from the application of these regulations.
Under the Packaging and Packaging Waste regulations, producers and importers have to register each year to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) and declare the amount of packaging that has been put on the market during the previous year. They also have to set up their own collection and recycling system for the packaging waste they generate (considering the legal recovery and recycling targets), or join an authorised recovery scheme that would collect and recycle their packaging material.
If a producer chooses to make use of an existing authorized packaging waste recovery scheme, he shall be required to submit to the Competent Authority proof of her/his membership in the approved compliance scheme.
When a producer ceases to put packaging and packaging material on the market he shall inform the competent Authority within 20 working days of his ceasing to do so. Where the business of a producer is transferred in whole or in part to another person, the producer shall be treated as remaining responsible for packaging and packaging material in respect of which he has made an application unless he is able to demonstrate that the person to whom the transfer has been made has agreed to meet the producer's obligations of any packaging and packaging material under these obligations.
Markings on the packaging to indicate the “identification and classification” of the packaging material are mandatory.
In Malta, there is an eco-tax on, among other things :
- Containers for beer, cider, soft drinks, water, wine and spirits;
- Containers for various personal care products;
- Fast-food “clamshells”;
- Plastic shopping bags and rubbish bags.
The Eco-Contribution Regulations regulate the granting of exemptions for producers participating in packaging recovery organizations. In order to grant an exemption, at least 60% of the total packaging waste recovered must be collected from households, through kerbside collection or “bring” facilities.
- 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
- 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