Producer responsibility for packaging

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We manufacture components and sell them to other companies. We do not have consumer sales. Does producer responsibility for packaging concern us as B2B packers?

Yes it does. Producer responsibility applies also to B2B packers if their turnover is at least one million euros. Producer responsibility is a legal obligation for businesses. It applies to companies that pack products in Finland or import packed products for the Finnish market or sell their products to Finland through distance sales. The company is responsible for their packaging materials even if they have outsourced packing or logistics services to another company. 

Who is the producer from the standpoint of packaging?

Producer responsibility for packaging concerns:

  1. A Finnish packer* or a foreign company’s Finnish branch**, which packs products for the Finnish market
  2. A Finnish importer* or a foreign company’s Finnish branch**, which operates as an importer of packed products to the Finnish market
  3. A foreign operator, established in another country than Finland and sells packed products directly to users in Finland through distance sales


the company has a total turnover of at least 1 M€.


*the company has a Finnish business ID and is domiciled in Finland

**the company has a permanent establishment in Finland and is registered as a branch in the Trade Register maintained by the National Board of Patents and Registration

What is producer responsibility?

Producer responsibility means the obligation placed on a producer to organise reuse, recycling and other waste management of the waste arising from products and to meet the costs incurred in these activities. In the Waste Act producer responsibility applies to companies that place tyres for motorised vehicles, cars, electrical and electronic devices, batteries and accumulators, wastepaper and packaging on the market in Finland regardless of their sales practices.