On 3 July 2021, the amended version of the Verpackungsgesetz (Packaging Act) entered into force.
Information about the amendment:
The registration requirement for final distributors of service packaging as well as the extended registration requirement for parties under obligation, who will have to provide information about the type of packaging they place on the German market, will not apply until July 2022.
On 3 July 2021 changes regarding the register entries and the optional authorisation of a representative for international producers without a branch in Germany will enter into force. Click here to learn more.
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.
All information regarding the Verpackungsgesetz, registration and other obligations
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.
All information about the foundation, the governing bodies, the standards, guidelines and consultation procedure
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.
Here you can find relevant information about key questions, all in one place.
Access explanatory films about various topics.
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?