From 1 February 2022, residents in Latvia will be able to deposit glass, plastic (PET) and metal (can) beverage containers.

Our client Tomra develops innovative solutions across the world for the return of empty beverage containers. In close cooperation with the Estonian law office LINKLaw we provided legal assistance to Tomra on the implementation of a packaging deposit system in Latvia.

The supplier of the reverse vending technology for the new bottle and can recycling programme was chosen by the central system administrator in a tender process. We provided legal advice and assistance to Tomra during the course of procurement.

In the later stages our client faced several challenges related to contractual negotiations with involved parties and legal requirements of the construction process, as well as conclusion of agreements with sub-contractors. In the end, Tomra was successful in ensuring the swift implementation of a packaging deposit system in Latvia.

In addition, the client was advised on various matters related to competition law, corporate law, contract law, employment law and environmental law, which were all essential in the successful implementation of a packaging deposit system in Latvia.

Find out more from the Tomra group’s press release, here.

 Our involvement

The Sorainen team was led by counsel Raivo Raudzeps. During the various stages of the project the client was advised by senior associates Natālija Grāvele, Linda Reneslāce, Zanda Frišfelde and Māris Simulis; and associates Zane Akermane and Elvis Grinbergs.

Find out more about Sorainen Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) service here.