The most recent amendments of the Law on Waste Management introduce new rules with respect to the management with waste motor oils and misdemeanour proceedings for a failure to comply. The entities possessing waste oils are now obliged to keep records for:
- supplied and used amounts of waste motor oils;
- manner of waste motor oils management; as well as
- type and quantity of sold waste oils and manner of their transport.
Such entities are also obliged to submit six-month and annual reports to the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning with respect to these records. The amendments also increase the authorizations of the State Environmental Inspectorate of Macedonia. According to the amendments, the State Environmental Inspectorate will now focus its attention on implementation of: (i) integral ecological licenses; and (ii) the elaboration studies prepared by companies with installations, allowing the State Environmental Inspectorate to more effectively implement the law.
The amendments further harmonize misdemeanor provisions of the Law on Waste Management with the new Law on Misdemeanors. It is important to note that as a result of this harmonization, there is a new method for calculating fines in the event that a company breaches its obligations under the Law on Waste Management. The new calculation method takes in consideration: (i) the revenue of a company; (ii) the number of employees; (iii) as well as the previous behavior of the company; and intends to provide a balanced level of fines for the entities in accordance with their performance. Large companies with many employees can therefore be subject to heft fines for a failure to comply with the above mentioned record-keeping obligations.