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| Frequently Asked Questions|
Terms of Reference for compliance audits related to permitted packaging waste recovery schemes.These guidelines may be amended from time to time as deemed necessary, and would be applicable with immediate effect.
The Packaging and Packaging waste directive (94/62/EC, as amended by Directive 2004/12/EC and by Directive 2005/20/EC.), as transposed by LN 277 of 2006, implements the PRP for packaging waste. The Waste Management (Packaging & Packaging Waste) Regulations, L.N. 277 of 2006 provide additional measures, procedures and guidance to those in the Waste Management (Permit and Control) Regulations, 2001 which seek to address the environmental impact of packaging disposal, aiming as a first priority, at preventing the production of packaging waste and as additional fundamental principles, at reusing packaging, at recycling and other forms of recovering waste and, hence, at reducing the final disposal of such waste. The Directive covers ALL packaging (primary, secondary and tertiary) whether it is used or released at industrial, commercial, office, shop, service, household or any other level, regardless of the material used.
PACKAGING is all products made of any materials of any nature, to be used for the containment, protection, handling delivery and presentation of goods, from raw material to processed goods, from the producer to the user to the consumer, including non-re-usable items. Reducing the amount of packaging produced in the first place and/or increasing the amount of reusable packaging may lessen the financial impact of the Regulations on businesses by e.g. making production cost savings. Recycling is reprocessing waste materials, by a production process, into new materials or products, whereas recovery includes recycling, energy recovery and composting.
The Waste Management (Packaging & Packaging Waste) Regulations, L.N. 277 of 2006 shall apply to all packaging put on the market in Malta and ALL packaging waste, whether it is used or released at industrial, commercial, office, shop, service, household or any other level, regardless of the material used, unless such packaging is expressly excluded from the application of these regulations. All packaging put on the market must comply with all the essential requirements as stated in the legislation. These regulations shall not apply to packaging not intended for putting on the market in Malta. To 'put on the market' means when a packaging or packaging material is supplied or made available, whether in return for payment or free of charge, to a third party in Malta and includes import into the customs territory of Malta.
Producers who are obliged under the Packaging and Packaging Waste regulations must register with the MALTA ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING AUTHORITY. Companies are to recover a specified amount of waste and prove that they have met their annual obligations to recover and/or recycle packaging waste. Each producer is obliged to register and provide the Competent Authority with the necessary information for the previous year as required in the application for registration. If a producer chooses to make use of an existing authorised packaging waste recovery scheme, he shall be required to submit to the Competent Authority proof of her/his membership in the approved compliance scheme.
The relevant forms could be either obtained from the Authority or by downloading it from this page. Further information can also be obtained by visiting the frequently asked questions, by sending an email on or by calling on telephone no. 2290 3100.
When a producer ceases to put packaging and packaging material on the market he shall inform the Competent Authority within 20 working days of his ceasing to do so. Where the business of a producer is transferred in whole or in part to another person, the producer shall be treated as remaining responsible for packaging and packaging material in respect of which he has made an application unless he is able to demonstrate that the person to whom the transfer has been made has agreed to meet the producer's obligations of any packaging and packaging material under these obligations.
The Competent Authority will provide advice and answer specific queries on The Waste Management (Packaging & Packaging Waste) Regulations, L.N. 277 of 2006. Enforcement action and prosecution may be taken against any company which avoids its obligations e.g. by not registering or joining a scheme by the due date, by not taking reasonable steps to meet its recovery and recycling obligation, and/or by providing inaccurate data.
A copy of the Draft amending Regulations amending the Waste Management (Packaging and Packaging Waste) Regulations, 2006 (Legal Notice 277 of 2006) can be viewed here as follows ENGLISH TEXT