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.
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Grey paint pots, blue planters, 90 percent recyclate content and fully recyclable – these are just two examples of the many instances that show the considerable progress that has been made regarding producer responsibility for packaging. The…
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ZSVR publishes 2021 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 7 October 2021.
On 1 January 2022, an extended deposit obligation for certain single-use beverage packaging will enter into force
As from 1 January 2022, the amended version of the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act) brings about further changes for initial distributors of packaging subject to system participation.
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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?