Regulations in the management of ZSEE

The full contents of laws, directives and regulations (in chronological order):

- Directives of the European Union

Directive 2002/95/WE (RoHS)

The directive requires that Member States to issue the relevant legislation aimed at restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. New equipment from 1 July 2006 will not contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxins listed in the Directive (Article 4 of Directive)

Directive 2002/96/WE (WEEE)

Directive of the European Union, which highlighted the need for a WEEE management policy coherent for all EU countries in order to protect the environment. The Directive sets out a number of new responsibilities, among which the most important role is played by articles 8 and 9, on the basis of which Member States are required to adopt a law imposing an obligation on producers to finance the cost of collection, treatment, recovery, recycling and environment-friendly disposal WEEE from households as well as from institutions and companies.

Directive 2003/108/WE (changing art. 9 of the Directive 2002/96/WE)

The original directive 2002/96/EC too broadly defined responsibilities and accountability of the manufacturers of the equipment which is not intended for households. That might have exposed businesses to serious economic risks. In order to adapt the directive to the economic reality a change has been made in the Article 9

Under the new regulations, responsible for historical waste resulting from the equipment not intended for households (that is, from equipment produces before August 13, 2005), are the equipment manufacturers in case of replacing the equipment used is by new equivalent products. The manufacturer and the user of equipment can on the basis of a contract in part or fully move the obligation of financing the management of waste to the user of such equipment. In any other case financial responsible for the other historical waste are its users such as companies and institutions.

- Law in the Polish legislation:

The Law on Environmental Protection Law (April 27, 2001 and subsequent amendments)

The Act lays down rules protecting the environment and conditions for the use of its resources, taking into account the principles of sustainable development, in particular the principle of setting the conditions for the protection of environmental resources, conditions for introducing the energy or substances into the environment, the cost of benefit of the environment, sharing information about the environment and its protection, the obligations of Administration and the principle of public participation in environmental protection.

Act on waste (from April 27, 2001 and subsequent amendments)

It lays down rules for dealing with waste in a manner which ensures protection of life and healt of human and environmental protection in accordance with the principle of sustainable development, and in particular the principle of waste prevention or reduction of its amount and negative impact on the environment, as well as the recovery or disposal of waste.

Act to maintain cleanliness and order in communities. (from September 13, 1996 and subsequent amendments)

The Act sets out rules to ensure the maintenance of cleanliness and order in the community, in particular the obligations of the municipality, which includes informing people via websites and in other custom ways about the localisation of points of collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment from private households .

The law on obligations of entrepreneurs in the management of certain waste and on product fee and deposit fee (from May 11, 2001 and subsequent amendments)

The Act defines the responsibilities of enterpretuers who introduce packagings, packed products and products that pose a threat to the environment, which are listed in the Annex to this Act.

The Law on Waste electrical and electronic equipment (from July 29, 2005)

The key piece of legislation setting out the obligations of the transactors introducing in the country the electrical and electronic equipment, and operators in the collection, treatment, recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as user of the equipment and recovery organization, and also setting out the legal basis for the operation of the register maintained by the Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection.