Packaging and Labeling in Norway

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Last Updated: September 3, 2009
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Norway uses both law and environmental agreements to deal with packaging and packaging waste.  Voluntary agreements have been concluded between industry and the Ministry of Environment for specifc materials (the “Agreements”).  Beverages containers are subject to specific provisions laid down in the Norwegian Waste Management Act. These legal instruments implement the regimes set forth in Directive 94/62 on Packaging and Packaging Waste, O.J. L 365 (Dec. 31, 1994) in compliance with Norway’s obligations under the EEA treaty.

The Agreements impose (1) take back obligations; (2) recovery and recycling targets; (3) consumer information requirements; and (4) reporting obligations. Obligations are imposed on “packaging stream agents”. “Packaging chain” agents are organized in various packaging organizations on the basis of the different types of packaging: (1) brown paper; (2) folded carton; (3) plastic; and (4) metals. Grønt Punkt SA is the umbrella organization collecting fees on behalf of the material specific joint compliance schemes.

Chemical restrictions applying to packaging are set out in the Regulations relating to restrictions on the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of chemicals and other products hazardous to health and the Environment (the “Product Regulations”).


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