The Ministry of Environment has started drafting the Law "On Batteries and Accumulators" shutterstock

The Ministry of Environment has started drafting the Law "On Batteries and Accumulators"

Katerina Belousova

The adoption of such a law is part of Ukraine's European integration obligations

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources has announced the creation of a Working Group to develop a draft law on batteries and accumulators.

The ministry's team, together with experts from the APENA 2 project, developed the concept of the document and called on market participants to join the Working Group, the Ministry of Environment reports on Facebook.

"European regulation and a modern model of battery and accumulator waste management is an important stage of the reform that has already been launched in Ukraine," the press service emphasized.

It is noted that the concept provides for

  • the establishment of a system of extended producer responsibility, under which the person who manufactured the product or put it on the market will be responsible for its entire life cycle;
  • the possibility of introducing a deposit system for consumers, which is successfully operating in the EU. That is, the cost of goods will include the amount of the deposit, which will be reimbursed to the consumer after the goods are used and returned to the manufacturer as waste.

The report explained that such a mechanism would allow for more efficient waste collection for further recycling.

The press service emphasized that the adoption of the law "On Batteries and Accumulators" will allow

  • fulfill part of Ukraine's European integration obligations;
  • ensure a high level of recycling and return to economic circulation of secondary raw materials, and thus reduce the accumulation of untreated waste batteries and accumulators
  • attract investments in the infrastructure for the collection and recycling of such waste;
  • improve the environment. After all, waste batteries and accumulators, even in small volumes, can pollute large areas.

It is noted that market participants can send nominations for participation in the Working Group to bannikova@mepr.gov.ua.

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a priority action plan for 2024, including for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources. It provides for the development and submission of the draft law "On Batteries, Accumulators and Battery and Accumulator Waste" in July.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources has published a draft national waste management plan until 2033 and an action plan for it, which will be implemented in 2024. The document envisages the creation of infrastructure for the treatment of used batteries, accumulators, and accumulators.

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