Business community supports Extended Producer Responsibility

Responsible business united by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine calls Members of Parliament not to support Draft Laws establishing “tax model” as well as “green tariff” in waste management sphere (Draft Laws ##4835-d, 4836, 4837, 6602), which are expected to be considered at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine today, due to the following risks:

 

 

  • Blocking of separate waste collection, waste recycling as well as Extended Producer Responsibility system, envisaged by the adopted National Waste Management Strategy
  • Violation of relevant provisions of Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine (Annex to Chapter 6 Title V)
  • Renewal of practice of Ukrekoresources, resulting from non-transparent taxation
  • Burning of unsorted waste due to the lack of sorting criteria, control mechanism and responsibility for violation of sorting requirements
  • Market monopolization
  • Double taxation

Moreover, establishment of new taxes contradicts the Strategy for Sustainable Development "Ukraine-2020" approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine. Producing energy from burning of household waste is not encouraged by the EU member states. According to Directive #2009/28/EC, the government should encourage producing energy only from renewable sources, to which household waste does not belong.