On November 23, 2021, our legal entity in Germany, CCR Logistics Systems AG, was renamed RLG Systems AG. All contracts, general terms, and conditions of sale and delivery remain unchanged. In the following text, we have summarized the most important questions and answers regarding the change of name:
Why was CCR renamed?
CCR and RLG have acted as one entity for almost 15 years now. In the future, we want to present ourselves even more united under one corporate name. The uniform company name will further strengthen the common identity and additionally simplify the cooperation for our customers.
As the Reverse Logistics Group has been part of the Reconomy Group since December last year, the name change represents our next step. Together we expand our leading global position as a provider of technology-supported outsourcing services in circular economy solutions, and, in doing so, we promote sustainability and the circular economy. Reconomy's and RLG's shared vision and values, global presence, and joint capabilities make us an even stronger partner for our customers and subcontractors.
What will change as a result of the change of name?
The change of name from CCR Logistics Systems AG to RLG Systems AG does not impact the company's legal structure or legal form. As it is the same legal entity, the commercial register number and VAT identification number remain untouched. Therefore, all contracts, general terms, and conditions of sale and delivery remain unchanged. Furthermore, our address is not affected by the change of name.
What is there to do for our customers and contractors?
We kindly ask you to use the new company name in our business correspondence and adapt it to your system if necessary.
We take this opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Product compliance extends beyond the product itself to the packaging materials used to protect and display the product. Especially in the European Union, there is a wide range of EU legislation on packaging marking, which varies in interpretation and constantly changes in member states. In the following text, we have summarized the latest developments in France, Italy, and Cyprus.
In France, the law against wastage and for a circular economy, released in February 2020, introduced significant changes in packaging marking:
In Italy, Decree 116/2020 introduced changes to the environmental legislation, including new rules to the labeling of packaging. The new obligations established that packaging must be labeled with:
Following industry requests for an 18-month transitional period, in May 2021, the Government decided to postpone the entry into force on the law, which gives obligated parties a transitional period until December 31, 2021, to implement the new labeling obligations.
Lastly, Cyprus has removed the obligation to print the Green Dot on household packaging. The trademark is now only an optional marking and subject to the contract with Green Dot Cyprus.
To understand and adapt to these constantly changing regulations to packaging marking, get in touch with us today!
Electronic Waste (also known as E-waste) is one of the fastest-growing waste streams on our planet. The alarming numbers forecast for this year by the United Nations underlines the severity of the issue. The produced e-waste is expected to touch an astonishing 57.4 million tons, out of which only 17.4% would be appropriately collected and recycled, highlighting the need for a joint effort to tackle this challenge. As a result, the International E-Waste Day was initiated. The day is dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging consumers towards WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling by highlighting its importance and benefits, thereby increasing WEEE recycling rates.
RLG India has launched “E-waste Ka Chakra – The circle of E-Waste” on the 4th anniversary of International E-waste Day. Taking place on the 13th and 14th of October, the campaign aims to empower key players in the electronics industry and spread awareness regarding the issue of E-waste and the benefits of its efficient management.
“E-Waste Ka Chakra” is a mix of webinars and on-site activities that target all the relevant stakeholders to create an impact on e-waste management from all directions.
The first half of the campaign addresses the youth to empower them through a training webinar on e-waste and its efficient management. Besides a webinar, the campaign also includes an ideation competition to battle the problem of e-waste management and to utilize its potential. After the training session, participants will be given an e-waste management-related real-world business problem asked to present an innovative idea that solves the proposed case.
RLG India takes great pride in its innovative “Clean to Green” campaign, which aims to create awareness and sensitize consumers on responsible disposal of electronics and safe practices for recycling by partnering with trustworthy organizations. The E-waste ka chakra campaign further builds upon this legacy through the combination of ideation and strategy by taking the “Clean to Green” initiative on wheels. This day would mark the launch of a new collection vehicle in the state of Rajasthan in collaboration with the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and conducting a webinar with people from the electronics industry on “Maximizing Collection from Kabadiwalas for end-to-end recycling through incentivization techniques.”
To get more information and access to the webinar, kindly follow the links below:
Circular Materials Ontario has selected Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) as the primary service provider in creating the new PRO. As a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization registered with the province’s regulator, Circular Materials intends to provide producers with a full-service offering in Ontario that meets all requirements under the province’s Blue Box Regulation.
Circular Materials and RLG share a joint vision of building and operating a compliance platform that meets producers’ targets under the Ontario Blue Box Regulation and optimizes the collection and recycling of Blue Box materials across the province. As a service provider to Circular Materials, RLG will provide the registration and supply to market reporting platform and producer customer support. In the next phase, RLG intends to set up and manage an integrated IT system for subcontractor collection, transfer, processing, and recycling order management (track and trace) based on regulatory and customer requirements.
Circular Materials is a not-for-profit, producer-governed organization created by 15 of Canada’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. Its mission is to support producers with meeting their obligations under extended producer responsibility regulations in Canada. At the same time, its objective is to move beyond Canada’s traditional producer stewardship compliance approach to a more circular economic system for Blue Box products and packaging.
The compliance platform developed by Circular Materials and RLG will act as a model for the circular economy in Canada by providing traceability and accountability of materials from the point of collection to the point at which materials are made available for incorporation in manufacturing as recycled content.
In the past months, RLG has monitored a rising number of countries across Europe that extended the obligated parties subjected to EPR regulations (especially for the packaging fraction). We will take a look at Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, and Portugal.
Since July 1st, distance sellers are now obligated producers in Slovenia. Thus, a company outside of the country selling packaged products directly to end-users must comply with the Slovenian Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. Furthermore, those companies need to appoint an authorized representative.
Finland is another country that introduced new obligations for distance sellers. The revised waste law was adopted and entered into force on July 19th, 2021. As expected, foreign producers who sell their products online are now subject to producer responsibility for batteries and packaging. Until December 31st, 2021, they need to comply with the regulations by joining a producer responsibility organization (PRO), appointing an authorized representative, or establish a PRO in cooperation with other producers on their own.
In the past, the legislation did not cover foreign online sellers for battery and packaging. As a consequence, Finnish producers bore the costs for these two waste fractions. Vice versa, Finnish online sellers who sell products to users in other countries, will also be made responsible for all waste fractions and must join a PRO or appoint an authorized representative in the country where they are active. Another novelty is that foreign operators will be able to take over producer responsibilities from Finnish producers.
Next to Slovenia and Finland, Sweden plans to introduce packaging producer responsibilities for foreign companies with direct online sales to Swedish end-consumers. At the moment, foreign distance sellers would only have producer obligations for WEEE and batteries. This change represents an ongoing discussion in the country, expecting further developments in the following weeks.
Unlike Sweden, in Portugal, distance-sellers are obliged to comply already. The national authority announced that the obligation to use an authorized representative in registrations is finally put into practice for fractions other than WEEE starting 2022. Therefore, companies that are already registered must make the appropriate changes as well.
Leveraging our experience and expertise, RLG is your partner to determine these obligations and how to fulfill them.
The numbers associated with WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) have been increasing at an alarming rate every year. Underlining that, in Peru, only 20 percent of WEEE was recycled properly in 2019, highlighting the possibility of a big room for improvement in the country’s waste management policies and practices. The campaign “Dale la Vuelta,” which translates to “Turn it around,” is an effort by RLG Peru and SOS Children's Villages of Peru to turn the WEEE issue into an opportunity to help those in need. It was started on July 15, 2021, through a kick-off webinar and has gained momentum and attention since then.
The campaign aims to harness the expertise of both the partnering organizations to transform WEEE into a tool to help the environment and children with contributions towards the school expenses, clothing, health services, and nutritional needs of children and adolescents. Besides the upliftment of children, the campaign would also be driven by the aspiration towards conserving the environment by reducing pollution, conserving valuable resources, and efficient management of electronic waste. Recycling electronic waste is complex and needs to be executed with the proper expertise to avoid damage at several levels like health, environment, and efficient extraction of valuable materials. RLG Peru and SOS Children's Villages also aim to educate people and raise awareness. Together they share the knowledge of proper recycling methods at an individual level and their positive impacts on the surroundings.
The campaign rests on the responsibilities of three key players. First, RLG Peru orchestrates the collection, transportation, and recycling of WEEE. SOS Children's Villages, on the other hand, raises awareness and organizes protection and helping programs for children. Both these responsibilities are helped and supported by the Ministry of Environment.
The strategy adopted for this initiative begins with the expertise of RLG Peru being utilized for the collection and recycling of WEEE with utmost efficiency to obtain a valuable output. Then, the dedicated recyclers reimburse the recovered resources. Subsequently, the gained funds flow into the protection and assistance programs for children and youth, which SOS Children's Villages organize.
Have you heard of visible fees? In some countries, producers subjected to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) must make recycling fees for the product or part of the product they have purchased visible to business partners and end-users. But what are precisely visible fees, how should they be communicated, and where are they mandatory?
The meaning of visible fees
The term "visible fees" refers to an obligation borne by producers to display the financial contribution they are paying to the compliance scheme that manages their products at their end-of-life. Thus, the cost for taking back, treating, and disposing of or recycling these products must be displayed separately from the product price. The purpose of showing visible fees is to inform the consumer or business partners that the price paid to purchase a specific product includes costs for recycling.
Are visible fees mandatory for all product types and in all countries?
Visible fees are not restricted to one fraction obligated by EPR but can be related to WEEE, batteries, or packaging. Covered fractions vary from one country to another, as does the way producers must communicate visible fees. Some country-specific regulations make the display mandatory, others voluntary, and others strictly forbid the producer from sharing any costs related to the product recycling or disposal. For example, in the Czech Republic, it is necessary to mark the fees on tax documents by showing them on a separate line on the invoice. On the contrary, sharing this information applicable to batteries is strictly forbidden by Czech law.
How and where to show visible fees?
The EPR regulation comes from EU directives that are transposed in each Member state differently. Therefore, the regulation in this matter is numerous and disparate. For example, some countries require visible fees to be reported only on tax documents. At the same time, other local regulations demand to display them on the invoice at the point of sale, and others forbid communication about the fees, as seen in the example above.
RLG provides a clear overview of your company's obligations and the different legal requirements. We are monitoring the EPR-regulation and are alert of changes affecting the fees requirement. Furthermore, products must be accurately categorized before being sold so that the correct costs for disposal and recycling are displayed at the moment of sale. Finally, RLG provides its customers with an innovative online tool to calculate their products visible fees that companies must communicate to the end-user and business partners.
Reach out to us. We are here to help!
Companies that operate multi-nationally often face a high level of complexity regarding compliance obligations. In Europe alone, more than 80 different regulations apply to WEEE, batteries, and packaging. As a result, more and more companies are choosing to outsource and centralize these obligations as it's often a time-consuming and costly task that is not part of their core business.
Following that trend, this case study analyzes the decision of a leading automotive manufacturer to centralize and outsource its compliance obligations to RLG. We'll discuss the initial situation, potential options for the company, and the benefits of working with a dedicated service provider like RLG.
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RLG is proud to have contributed to the "Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany" as part of the Circular Economy Initiative Germany (CEID), which is available (in German). The roadmap offers an overarching narrative that can unite economic and environmental policy and thus contribute significantly to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.
RLG is a founding member of the Circular Economy Initiative Germany, which aims to develop a joint target vision and a concrete plan on how the transformation towards a Circular Economy in Germany could be fostered. The initiative aims to bring together economic, scientific, and societal stakeholders and serves as a basis for deriving policy recommendations and options summarized in the Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany.
The battery year 2020, like many others, was marked by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which unfortunately still keeps us on our toes.
We are all the more proud of an excellent year under very difficult conditions. The REBAT battery collection scheme grew again in 2020 and could contribute to and ensure responsible collection and recycling of portable batteries in Germany.
Moreover, with this legally required performance review, we can document that we significantly exceeded the collection rate of 45 percent prescribed by law last year. With a collection rate of 49.2 percent, we were almost able to reach the 50 percent rate that will apply from January 1, 2021, a year earlier.
We increased our collection volume by more than 50 percent compared to 2019, with a total of 10,129 tons of portable batteries collected in 2020.
As a collective take-back system, the success of our system is further measured by the number of manufacturers who decide to fulfill their collection obligation for batteries through our system, as well as the number of affiliated collection points. With more than 1,100 connected producers of portable batteries and over 50,000 collection points, CCR REBAT is one of the leading take-back systems for used portable batteries in Germany and Europe. We are pleased that our network will expand again in 2021, as we are further onboarding manufacturers and collection points.
Especially in these difficult times, we would like to thank our customers and partners and all large and small battery, collectors. Only together we could achieve this fantastic result!