Some single use plastic (SUP) products are subject to product…
Producer responsibility refers to companies’ obligation to handle the waste management of products they have imported or manufactured when the products are discarded at their own expense. The authority monitoring the implementation of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is the ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa region (excluding the Åland Islands).
Producer responsibility for waste management applies to 15,000 Finnish manufacturers, importers and packagers, as well as distance sellers.
Producers with producer responsibility are:
Due to changes in legislation, some single-use plastic products will also fall under the EPR.
There are three options for a company to fulfil its producer responsibility:
The Centre for economic development, transport and the environment or ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa region keeps a public list of the companies in the producer register. The list has both producers and producer corporations.
A producer corporation (or producer organisation) is a legally competent corporation established to manage the obligations imposed on producers. Only producers can form a producer corporation and be members of it. In practice, most producers have joined the corporation due to the fact that arranging collection especially for waste from Business-to-Consumer products is impossible for individual producers due to the large amount of collection points they would have to arrange. The number of collection points is defined in legislation and differ between sectors. Collection points are free-of-charge for end users, and they must cover all municipalities. There can be several producer corporations in the same sector. In that case, they have to cooperate especially in regard to collection networks.
Once joining the corporation, the producer transfers all the responsibilities to it. It includes: