The company would have to take care of all the obligations related to producer responsibility for packaging and bear all the related costs. Its duties would include collecting all of the packaging it puts onto the Finnish market, arranging for other waste management and the recycling of packaging. Recycling means using packaging waste materials in the production of new products. Since the beginning of 2016, producer responsibility has also included organising a nationwide network of take-back points for consumer packaging: there must be at least 1,850 collection points for fibre, metal and glass packaging waste and at least 500 collection points for plastic packaging.
In practice it would be impossible for one company to fulfil this obligation. Companies normally use a variety of packaging and packaging materials. They seldom know where their packaging end up in the market. Collecting packaging waste and organising recycling would be very expensive for an individual company. Rinki members do not need to maintain the system by themselves but they contribute to the shared costs by being involved in the producers’ system.