Waste Management (Waste Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020


CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 5 October 2020

Closing date: 2 November 2020 (Closing date extended to 16th November 2020)

Title of the public consultation:  Waste Management (Waste Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority (ERA)


1. Background

The draft Waste Management (Waste Batteries & Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 transpose the provisions of article 2 of Directive (EU) 2018/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment. This directive forms part of the “Waste Legislative Package”, which is composed of 4 directives, adopted in 2018 as part of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The overarching aim of this Waste Legislative Package is to improve waste management within the EU, in order to move further towards a true circular economy.

At the national level, the EU Directive on Batteries was transposed through the Waste Management (Waste Batteries & Accumulators) Regulations, S.L. 549.54, wherein the Environment and Resources Authority is designated as the national competent authority.

 

2. Proposed amendments

The main amendment brought about by the draft Waste Management (Waste Batteries & Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, relates to the possibility to make use of economic instruments and other measures to provide incentives for the application of the waste hierarchy.

 

3. Comments

The draft Waste Management (Waste Batteries & Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, may be viewed here: EN and MT.

Any comments are to be submitted to ERA by 2nd November 2020 (Closing date extended to 16th November 2020) at the latest, on the following email address: international.affairs@era.org.mt.

We thank you in advance for your input.

 

Publication of information

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.