Kosovo and Montenegro: two non-EU countries implement requirements from SUP Directive

July 11th, 2024

In September 2023, Kosovo adopted the Administrative Instruction on Management of Waste Packaging 07/2023, which abolished the previous legislation on packaging.

On 20 April 2024, Montenegro replaced its previous waste management legislation with the Law on Waste Management 34/2024.

Kosovo

In September 2023, Kosovo adopted the Administrative Instruction on Management of Waste Packaging 07/2023, which abolished the previous legislation on packaging.

In addition to regulating extended producer responsibility (EPR) for general packaging and giving the producer choice between individual and collective compliance solutions, the Instruction tackled certain single-use products, such as plastic bags and beverage containers.

Starting from 1 January 2025, a deposit return system (DRS) for reusable and recyclable beverage packaging will also operate in Kosovo.

Montenegro

On 20 April 2024, Montenegro replaced its previous waste management legislation with the Law on Waste Management 34/2024.

The Law lays down requirements for EPR schemes that are mostly in line with the Waste Framework Directive, and introduces several obligations that are closely in accordance with the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive.

The new Law also gives the possibility to establish a deposit system for the collection, processing and recycling of waste packaging to one company or multiple companies managing an organised system together.

Kosovo and Montenegro are covered by Landbell Group’s regulatory tracking service. Find out more about the service here.

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