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Instructions following verification of compliance with legislation on production and consumer waste management

September 16, 2020

The President approved a list of instructions based on the results of verification of compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on the management of production and consumer waste classified as Class III hazardous waste.

With a view to working out and implementing environmentally effective industrial policy, the Government of the Russian Federation has been instructed to consider, at its meeting, the implementation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, including in relation to the movement and disposal of hazardous wastes and the introduction of low-waste technologies to reduce harm to human health and the environment.

Based on the results of this meeting, the Government is to take measures aimed, in particular, at setting target indicators for resource conservation and energy efficiency in order to reduce the consumption of natural resources and to increase the level of production and consumer waste involvement in the economic cycle; to stimulate legal entities and sole entrepreneurs to achieve these targets; to harmonise the classification systems for production and consumer waste stipulated by the relevant legislation of the Russian Federation, taking into account the assessment of the hazardous properties of such waste; to create eco-tech parks that would manufacture products from production and consumer waste.

The instructions to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation concern, in particular, the verification of federal and regional executive authorities’ compliance with the legal requirements on re-introduction of production and consumer waste to economic circulation as additional sources of raw materials, as well as legal entities’ and sole entrepreneurs’ compliance with the relevant requirements while carrying out economic and other activities at facilities that have a significant negative impact on the environment.

September 16, 2020