The EPR principle in Kazakhstan
According to the Concept for the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a “green economy” (approved by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan No.577 dated May 30, 2014), one of the main areas is the improvement of the waste management sphere, as well as the introduction of the EPR principle in order to cover part of the costs for collection and disposal of waste of packaging, electronic and electrical equipment, vehicles, batteries and other goods after use.
In Kazakhstan, the EPR principle has been in effect since January 1, 2016. The EPR obligations apply to products included in the list approved by the authorized body in the field of environmental protection.
In 2016, the EPR was extended to vehicles and auto components (tires, batteries, oils and special fluids). Since January 2017, EPR have been extended to paper, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic and combined packaging, products in packaging, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) without charging a disposal fee.
On December 23, 2019, an order providing for the extension of EPR to agricultural machinery (tractors and combines) came into force.
On December 26, 2019, changes were made to the Methodology for calculating fees for organizing the collection, transportation, processing, deactivation, use and (or) disposal of waste in terms of establishing the calculation of fees for packaging and products in packaging. These changes are effective from January 17, 2020.