Information provided by the Ministry of Climate and Environment shows that within two years the state budget for the so-called chip fee was received just over 266 million PLN from the 1.2 billion PLN planned for 2020. So far, there is no data on the number of bags offered on the market.
The foiling regulations have been in effect in Poland for more than three years. At the beginning of January 2018, the amendment to the Packaging Waste Management Law came into effect, which imposes recycling fees for the disposable plastic bag issued upon exit. The law limits the maximum chip charge to 1.00 PLN, although the regulation limits it to 0.20 PLN (plus value-added tax).
Then it is proved that the so-called foil charges will be applied to bags from 15 to 50 μm thick. Due to circumventing these regulations, it was decided however, to impose a fee on all bags issued in stores (as of September 1, 2019), except for the so-called skis, i.e. disposable bags, for example, for packing fruit or meat.
PAP request from the Ministry of Climate and Environment for information about revenue from foil charges.
The ministry stated that effective January 1, 2020, the chip fee settlement system has been changed to Quarterly. Previously, applicable regulations required entrepreneurs to pay fees for the entire year of 2019 by March 15, 2020. In return, the guards were required to transfer the proceeds to the state budget account by April 30, 2020.
“Therefore, the fees for 2019 and the revenues for the first quarter of 2020 are somewhat overlapping. Additionally, it should be noted that the revenue can include arrears of recycling fees. However, the sum of past payments to the state’s recycling fee budget for 2019 and 2020 amounts to 266.34 million PLN, of which, according to special estimates, in 2019 it amounted to 89.84 million PLN, and in 2020 it amounted to 176.50 PLN ” – the ministry said.
According to forecasts, in 2020, 1.2 billion Polish zlotys were to be transferred to the state budget from foil charges. In 2019, the then Ministry of Environment reported that 80 million PLN had been received from this honor in 2018.
The ministry also replied that there is no data yet on the number of bags that entrepreneurs have brought to the market in 2020.
It is clarified that according to the regulations, data on inserted and divided sacks up to 50 μm thick and over 50 μm thick is provided by vendors as part of the product, packaging and waste management report.
“This report was first submitted for 2020 by March 15 of this year. In contrast, according to Article 77 of the Waste Act, the county manger checks the information in the reports by September 30 of the following year. Therefore, the data has not yet been published. Verification, and therefore the Ministry does not have final data for the year 2020 “- provided in response to that.
At the beginning of the introduction of foil regulations, the Ministry of the Environment estimated that in Poland we use up to 11 billion bags of foil per year, from 250 to 300 bags per inhabitant.