Throughout Europe, the producer of a product also takes producer responsibility for the packaging – in terms of preventing packaging waste in the first place, but also in terms of optimising reuse and recovery of what cannot be prevented. For Germany, implementation of this responsibility is assured by the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act). This is where the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR) assumes the task of registering those bearing producer responsibility, making them public, and fostering transparency and legal certainty through its other activities (e.g. data reporting). The ZSVR also monitors further ecological objectives, such as compliance with recycling quotas and the financial support to promote more sustainable packaging.
All information regarding the Verpackungsgesetz, registration and other obligations
New subject-specific paper: What is considered packaging under the Verpackungsgesetz (packaging act)?
When does an item qualify as packaging, and which criteria must be reviewed when determining its packaging status?
All information regarding registration, data reporting and public registers
All information about the foundation, the governing bodies, the standards, guidelines and consultation procedure
ZSVR publishes 2020 edition of the 'system participation requirement catalogue' administrative regulation
An updated and enhanced version of the system participation requirement catalogue was published on our website on 27 October 2020.
With the new version of the minimum standard, application has become much simpler. A more detailed description of the determination procedure makes it even easier for companies to check the recyclability of their packaging.
Here you can find relevant information about key questions, all in one place.
Access explanatory films about various topics.
Explanatory film on the main obligations under the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act): system participation and registration
Explanatory film on the Verpackungsgesetz: Which companies face what obligations concerning the Verpackungsgesetz?