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    Saeima committee supports launch of deposit refund system in February 2022

    RIGA, Oct 8 (LETA) - Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee on Tuesday approved amendments to the Packaging Law, which deal with introduction of the deposit return system in Latvia and stipulate, inter alia, that the new system will commence on February 1, 2022; the amendments will now be reviewed by Saeima in the third reading.

    The committee's head Janis Vitenbergs (KPV LV) explained to LETA after the meeting that Saeima Legal Affairs Bureau would have to specify some of the provisions of the amendments discussed at today's meeting until next week, and that Saeima could review the amendments in the third reading on October 15 or 16.

    Today, the Saeima committee reviewed a number of proposals concerning the amendments to the Packaging Law, including a provision that residents of Latvia will be able to receive cash in stores for packaging returned to the system, or receipts if they use a reverse vending machine, which they will then be able to cash in them in stores.

    The amendments also stipulate that contracts with deposit system operators will be signed for seven years, not ten years the amendments stated originally, so the efficiency of the deposit return system could be reviewed, taking into account the rapid development of waste recycling technologies.

    • Published: 08.10.2019 16:39
    • Arta Goba, LETA
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