Environmental fee rates are approved
On April 22, 2016, Resolution No.284 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 09.04.2016, establishing the environmental fee rates, took effect. The environmental fee is to be paid by goods manufacturers and importers which do not independently dispose of waste formed due to use of the goods (Article 24.5 of Federal Law No.89-FZ “On production and consumption waste” dated 24.06.1998).
Companies should note that in 2016 the fee level of 0% for waste disposal ceased to be in effect in relation to certain goods and packages, such as:
- Corrugated paper and cardboard;
- Paper and cardboard packaging;
- Oil products;
- Bags of polyethylene;
- Plastic bottles and vials;
- Glass jars and tin cans;
- Newspapers, magazines, etc.
At the same time, in 2017, waste disposal (or payment for waste disposal) is to be performed in relation to an even greater number of goods and packages (some wood and plastic goods and packages, phones, computers, etc.). A moratorium on establishing the standards of waste disposal at the rate of 0% is retained for other goods categories until January 1, 2019.
As reported earlier, the companies which manufacture or import goods or packages included in the list of goods groups/categories established by Decree No.2491-r of the Government of the Russian Federation, must provide reports and meet the standards of waste disposal (including by creating an association of goods manufacturers and importers) or calculate and pay the environmental fee. Such companies must submit a declaration on the number of goods and packages put out in the Russian Federation, as well as provide reports on meeting standards of waste disposal each year by April 1 of the year following the reported period.
Should any questions arise in connection with the above or if you need any additional materials, please contact Dmitry Churin or Gleb Apenkin, St. Petersburg Office of Capital Legal Services.
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