On 3 June 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered the draft Law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Energy Disposal of Waste" No. 5611 ("Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste").
The Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste was developed to regulate the approach to the disposal of waste, in particular with solid domestic waste: refuse derived fuels (RDF) and solid recovered fuels (SRF) ("RDF", "SRF"). Now in Ukraine, the issue of using such fuel at the legislative level remains unregulated.
The Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste provides for amendments to several existing laws of Ukraine, in particular:
The approach to the regulation of these issues on the territory of Ukraine is quite progressive. Considering that Ukraine is amid environmental reform, we consider it necessary to take steps such as the development and submission of the Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste. However, the Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste must go through all the procedures in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. At the same time, the Draft Law on Energy Disposal of Waste may undergo significant changes. Asters experts will continue to monitor the movement of the Waste Disposal Bill in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Another news that deserves attention is the signing by the President of Ukraine on 7 June 2021 of the draft Law "On limiting the turnover of plastic bags on the territory of Ukraine" No. 2051-1 ("Draft Law on the turnover of plastic bags").
The Draft Law on the turnover of plastic bags provides for a reduction in the use of plastic bags in Ukraine, limitation of their distribution to improve the sphere of the environment protection and territories well-being.
According to the Draft Law on the turnover of plastic bags, distribution in retail, catering, and service facilities of the following plastic bags will be prohibited:
At the same time, the distribution of biodegradable plastic bags is allowed, but only on a paid basis.
Recall that the Draft Law on the turnover of plastic bags will be partially applicable in 6 months from the date of its publication and in 9 months – in full.
For more information, please contact Asters Counsel Anzhelika Livitska and Senior Associate Bohdan Shmorhun.