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How to fulfil the system participation requirement

Are you placing retail, group and/or shipment packaging on the German market together with your goods? If the answer is 'yes', then you should know that this packaging is subject to system participation and that you must pay for its recycling. Read on to learn what that means and what you have to do to fulfil this obligation.

System participation

What is 'system participation'?

  • Companies filling service packaging or retail, group and shipment packaging with goods and placing that packing on the German market have to pay for that packaging's recycling.
  • You pay for your packaging's recycling by concluding a system participation agreement with a system operator.
  • The costs for participating your packaging with a system vary depending on different factors such as the volume and material type of your packaging.
  • You can conclude your system participation agreement with the system operator of your choice. See below for a list of system operators.

Please note: are you using exclusively service packaging to place your goods on the German market, for example bakery bags, pizza boxes, flower wrap or film bags? If the answer is 'yes', you do not have to participate that packaging with a system to pay for recycling if you buy 'pre-participated', empty service packaging from a supplier or wholesaler. Click here to learn more about this rule.

What are system operators, and what do they do?

  • Private final consumers dispose of their packaging waste in yellow bags/bins, paper bins and paper/glass containers. 
  • System operators take care of recovering and recycling packaging waste. 
  • System operators ensure that packaging waste is collected, sorted and recycled across Germany, and that recycling quality is as high as possible.

Guidance for complying with the system participation requirement

Overview of system operators

Every company is free to choose a system operator to conclude a system participation agreement with. The German market for system operators is organised around competitive market principles. That is why there are multiple operators.

Please note: The ZSVR is prohibited from offering personalised advice, recommending system operators   or sharing information about prices. While the ZSVR is happy to answer specific legal questions about the interpretation of the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act), providing (legal) consulting services on an individual basis is beyond our remit. 

Do you have questions about a specific participation case or would you like to conclude a system participation agreement? Please contact one of the system operators listed below. You can also contact a qualified expert or seek legal advice from a tax adviser, auditor or similar. Click here for registered experts providing this service.

System operator

BellandVision GmbH
Bahnhofstraße 9
91257 Pegnitz, Germany


Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
Edmund-Rumpler-Straße 7
51149 Köln, Germany


Waltherstraße 49-51
51069 Köln, Germany


INTERSEROH+ GmbH / / Lizenzero
Stollwerckstraße 9 a
51149 Köln, Germany


Landbell AG für Rückhol-Systeme
Rheinstraße 4 L
55116 Mainz, Germany


Noventiz Dual GmbH
Hermann-Heinrich-Gossen-Straße 3
50858 Köln, Germany


PreZero Dual GmbH 
Stiftsbergstr. 1 
74172 Neckarsulm, Germany

Reclay Systems GmbH
Austraße 34
35745 Herborn, Germany


Recycling Dual GmbH
Willicher Damm 145
41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany


Zentek GmbH & Co. KG
Ettore-Bugatti-Straße 6-14
51149 Köln, Germany



Contact: Customer Service
Phone: +49 9241-4832-200 
Fax: +49 9241-4832-444 
e-mail: vertrieb[at]bellandvision.de
Website: www.bellandvision.de

Contact: Vertriebsteam „Grüner Punkt“
Phone: +49 2203-937-557
Fax: +49 2203 937-397
e-mail: anfrage[at]gruener-punkt.de
Website: www.verpackgo.de

Contact: Dennis Bauer
Phone: +49 221-964897-0
Fax: +49 0221-964897-99
e-mail: info-koeln(at)eko-punkt.de
Website: www.eko-punkt.de

Contact: Frank Kurrat, Managing Director
Phone: +49 2203 9147-1268
Fax: +49 2203 9157-1268
e-mail: kontakt[at]lizenzero.de
Website: www.lizenzero.de

Contact: Markus Pache, Head of Sales
Phone: +49 61 31 23 56 52–801
e-mail: info[at]landbell.de
Website: www.landbell.de

Contact: Dirk Boxhammer
Phone: +49 221 800158-70 
Fax: +49 221 800158-77 
e-mail: info[at]noventiz-dual.de
Website: www.noventiz.de

Contact: Vertriebsteam PreZero Dual 
Phone: +49 7132 30 773255
e-mail: vertrieb[at]prezerodual.com
Website: https://prezero.de/leistungen/verpackung/lizenzrechner 

Contact: Theodora Pangaribuan
Phone: +49 221 580098-2888
Fax: +49 221 580098-777 
e-mail: pangaribuan[at]reclay.de
Website: www.reclay-group.com

Contact: Johannes Pusch, Sales
Phone: +49 2161 9462-700
Fax: +49 2161 9462-799
e-mail: sales[at]recycling-dual.de
Website: www.recycling-dual.de

Contact: Dirk Grommes, Sales
Phone: +49 2203 8987-700
Fax: +49 2203 8987-829
e-mail: dualessystem[at]zentek.de
Website: www.zentek.de