Welcome to the ZSVR

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.


Information & Orientation

All information regarding the Verpackungsgesetz, registration and other obligations

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Taking stock of successes, failures and challenges in recycling – how we make sure packaging is fit for high-quality recycling

The share of packaging fit for high-quality recycling is on the rise, with most statutory recycling targets being met by the dual systems. However, there were also serious shortfalls to the statutory quotas in 2022. The Zentrale Stelle…

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LUCID Packaging Register

All information regarding registration, data reporting and public registers 

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System participation and data reporting – here’s what you need to know!

Registering in the LUCID Packaging Register is just the first step. Are you distributing your goods in retail, grouped and/our shipment packaging, which are generally subject to system participation? If the answer is 'yes', then you must pay for…

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Foundation & Authority

All information about the foundation, the governing bodies, the standards, guidelines and consultation procedure

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Now open: Consultation on the 2024 edition of the minimum standard for recycling-friendly design

Recyclable – yes or no? Drawing on the work of an Expert Committee and in agreement with German Environment Agency, the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR) has published a draft version of the 2024 edition…

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Recent updates

Gunda Rachut re-elected as Chair of the ZSVR

Gunda Rachut will remain at the helm of the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR) for another five years, after the ZSVR's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend her contract until 2028 in its most…

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ZSVR recognised as federal authority – question of legal venue clarified

The German Federal Administrative Court has clarified the question of legal venue for actions to challenge administrative acts issued by the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR), sending an important signal…

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Knowledge base

Here you can find relevant information about key questions, all in one place.

Looking for information about the amended version of the Verpackungsgesetz? Here you can find out about the amendments and when they enter into force.

Do you want to check what the obligations in the Verpackungsgesetz are and whether they apply to you?

You know that you are under obligation pursuant to the Verpackungsgesetz and want to know what you have to do?

Do you have questions about how to use the LUCID Packaging Register? Want to register or submit a data report? Got an IT-related question?

Since 3 July 2021, international producers without a branch within Germany can appoint an authorised representative.

Are you an auditor who needs information about audit guidelines or your registration?

Are you a mail order company or online retailer operating commercially and want to know more about your obligations?

Are you an importer and want to know more about your obligations under the Verpackungsgesetz?

Want to know more about recycling-friendly packaging design and the ZSVR's minimum standard?

Explanatory films

Access explanatory films about various topics.

Find out step by step how first-time registration with the LUCID Packaging Register works.

Have you already registered and also place packaging not subject to system participation on the German market? Here we explain how you can amend your existing registration.

On 1 July 2022, the amended version of the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act) will enter into force. Here you can find everything you need to know about the amendments.

The system participation requirement catalogue helps you figure out whether the system participation requirement applies to your packaging.

Watch this short film to learn more about packaging types and how to add them to your registration.

The Sander family has been shopping: goals and duties of the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR) at a glance.

Learn what service packaging is, who places it on the German market and how to fulfil your obligations under the Verpackungsgesetz.

Electronic marketplaces are required to check if the retailers using their platforms to sell goods have registered with the LUCID Packaging Register.