Tightening up liability for improper management of waste oils recommended2015-10-08
The Ministry of Environment has drawn up a draft amendment to the Code of Administrative Offences that proposes tightening up the liability and establishing sanctions for improper waste management with respect to both legal entities and natural persons.
‘Despite the fact that waste oils are classified as hazardous waste, people often incinerate them in household installations or transfer them for management without inquiring whether the managers conduct such activities legally. We are seeking to foresee liability for this and dissuade people from the activity that causes danger to themselves and their property and pollutes the environment. Waste oils can be burnt only in waste incineration installations’, said Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas.
This draft amendment is aimed at introducing sanctions with respect to natural persons, executives of legal entities or other responsible persons for the incineration of waste oils in breach of the Waste Incineration Environmental Requirements. Such activity would result in fines of EUR 120 to EUR 200 for citizens and EUR 550 to EUR 1 200 for executives of legal entities or other responsible persons.
The draft law also suggests defining the administrative liability for the transfer of waste oils, whether free of charge or not, to persons not entitled to the management of waste oils. Whereas the above-mentioned activity that is hazardous to the environment may be conducted not by legal entities alone, it is proposed to foresee liability for natural persons as well. Such activity would result in a notice or fine of EUR 50 to EUR 120 for citizens and EUR 550 to EUR 1 500 for executives of legal entities or other responsible persons.
The adoption of the draft law would ensure the mechanism of applying liability to all persons.
The draft law is available and comments and proposals can be made in the draft law system of the Parliament.