The Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act) sets out requirements for the production, placing on the German market and recovery of packaging. It entered into force as per January 2019, and replaced the Verpackungsverordnung (Packaging Ordinance) of 1992 that had been in force previously. The Verpackungsverordnung also contained provisions governing producer responsibility for producers and distributors of packaging, as well as the requirement for retail packaging to participate in waste management systems ('systems'), setting high recycling quotas for them. The Verpackungsgesetz also serves to transpose European provisions of the extended producer responsibility into national law.
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