Used Product Collection

Used product collection (UPC) is based on the principle of the manufacturer’s individual duty to assure the treatment of a product after its useful life expires. The purpose of UPC is to motivate manufacturers to design and make products containing the least possible quantities of hazardous substances, the reuse or disposal of which after their useful life will be as cheap and easy as possible. For these reasons, it is thus desirable that the products can be multiply reused or recycled and that the waste can be minimised.

Final product users play a key role in meeting the goals set for UPC; they have to be informed on how and where to dispose of products after their useful life and motivated to avoid disposing of such products as part of mixed municipal waste.

Under the EU legislation in force, the responsibility for the entire life cycle of a product, including the guarantee of UPC, lies with each entity that introduces packaging, vehicles, electrical and electronic appliances, batteries and accumulators, fluorescent and discharge tubes, tyres, and mineral oils to the Czech market. The legislative framework for UPC comprises the Packaging Act (PDF, 503 kB) Heads Four and Five of the Waste Act (PDF, 223 kB), and the derived executive regulations. This section of the website contains information of both existing and forthcoming legislation covering UPC, along with methodologies, MoE statements, and answers to frequently asked questions.