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

News from this area


New explanatory film: how to appoint an authorised representative as international producers

For quite some time, international online retailers or importers have been required to comply with the provisions of the German Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act): they have to pay for the recovery and recycling of their packaging.

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LUCID Packaging Register

All information regarding registration, data reporting and public registers 

News from this area


Declarations of completeness filed for 2020

Saturday, 15 May 2021 was the statutory deadline for filing declarations of completeness for the reference year 2020 in the LUCID Packaging Register.

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Foundation & Authority

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

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ZSVR publishes 2021 edition of the minimum standard about recycling-friendly packaging design

Determining the recyclability of packaging has gotten easier and more practice-based.

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Recent updates

First stage of amendments to the Verpackungsgesetz enters into force on 3 July 2021

LUCID Packaging Register's first phase of expansion starts: closing the gap for marketplaces and international importers.

In particular, there is confusion about the contents of the amendments, which will enter into force in three stages.

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Knowledge base

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

Want to know more about the Verpackungsgesetz in general?
For example, why the Act exists in the first 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.

Explanatory film about authorising a representative as international producers

Explanatory film on the system participation requirement catalogue

Explanatory film on the goals and duties of the ZSVR: The Sander family has been shopping

Explanatory film with a step-by-step guide on how to register in the LUCID Packaging Register

Explanatory film on the main obligations under the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act): system participation and registration

Explanatory film on key terminology of the Verpackungsgesetz

Explanatory film on the Verpackungsgesetz: Which companies face what obligations concerning the Verpackungsgesetz?

Explanatory film on how to submit an 'initial planned volume report' in the LUCID Packaging Register. How does one enter the planned packaging volumes of different material types?