Producer responsibility in waste management
Producer responsibility obliges producers to organise the reuse, recovery or suitable treatment or disposal of their products and the wastes derived from them, and to cover the related costs.
Producer responsibility covers the following product types:
- electronic and electrical appliances,
- batteries and accumulators,
- tyres from motor vehicles, other vehicles and equipment,
- cars, vans and comparable vehicles,
- printing paper and paper for manufacturing other paper products,
The "producer" in such instances means the manufacturers and importers of the products; or where packaging is concerned, packagers and the importers of packaged products.
Producer responsibility encourages manufacturers and importers to consider the whole life cycle of their products. Producer responsibility helps to promote:
- environmentally favourable product planning
- waste prevention
- the separate collection and recovery of useful wastes
- waste reuse and recycling
- the incorporation of environmental costs into product prices
The national authority responsible for registering producers in Finland - with the exception of the autonomous Åland Islands - is the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Pirkanmaa (ELY-Centre). Producers and producer organisations are obliged to submit their details to the ELY-Centre for Pirkanmaa for the national producer data register. The register only covers companies and producer organisations registered in Finland, which must have an official Business Identity Code (Business ID). Foreign companies may join producer organisations on behalf of the end-user of their products if there is no local entity existing in Finland (for example importer or daughter company). Producer organisations´ details are available through the links on the right side of this page.
Forms for WEEE-producers and instructions are available on the next web page: Forms for international clients. Please note that the English form and instructions are unofficial and only for information. For official notification please use Finnish or Swedish forms.
Senior Advisor Tuomo Aunola, tel. +358 50 301 0461
Senior Advisor Päivi Linho, tel. +358 50 537 8941
Senior Adviser Jonna Paatonen, tel. +358 40 714 6320
Senior Adviser Teemu Virtanen, tel. +358 50 402 4207
Personal addresses are generated from forename and surname as follows: email@example.com
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Pirkanmaa
Yliopistonkatu 38, P.O.Box 297, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 295 036 000