Packaging

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LAW AND YOUR OBLIGATIONS

WHO IS LIABLE?
WHAT PACKAGING TYPES FALL UNDER THE SCOPE OF THE LAW?
WHAT MEANS VERPACKG?
WHAT IS German Verpackungsregister / LUCID?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SALES AND TRANSPORT PACKAGING?
WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR PACKAGING COMPLIANCE?

WHO IS LIABLE?

The obligations depend on the national and international sales structure as well as on the country-specific requirements. Basically you can say, manufacturers, importers and (online-)seller should always take these environmental legislations into account.

The Go4Recycling experts can help you and analyse your individual obligations. Feel free to contact us anytime.

WHAT PACKAGING TYPES FALL UNDER THE SCOPE OF THE LAW?

Each country has its own national implementation of the EU Packaging Directive (94/62/EC). The classifications of packaging and also obligations to join a a take-back system for packaging differ from country to country.

In Germany the new authority Stiftung Zentrale Stelle has drawn up a catalogue of packaging typically generated by private end consumers.

You can view this catalogue on the homepage of the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle.

You can contact us regarding country-specific requirements for packaging. Feel free to contact us anytime.

WHAT MEANS VERPACKG?

The German Packaging law (VerpackG) is the implementation of the EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC in Germany. It regulates the put on market of packaging and the take-back requirements as well as the recycling. The VerpackG replaced the Verpackungsverordnung on 1st of January 2019 and resulted in a number of changes.

In Europe all packaging is subject to the extended producer responsibility. The requirements differ from country to country.

We can help you to ensure your obligations in Germany and worldwide. Feel free to contact us anytime.

WHAT IS German Verpackungsregister / LUCID?

The Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (ZSVR) is a new „control“ authority that has started on 01.01.2019 with the goal of market surveillance in Germany. The ZSVR ensures fair competition and transparency regarding the implementation of product responsibility for packaging in Germany.

Since 1st January 2019 liable companies have to register in the packaging register LUCID.

We can help to ensure your obligations in Germany and worldwide. Feel free to contact us anytime.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SALES AND TRANSPORT PACKAGING?

Basically the classifications depend on where the old and used packaging is generated and disposed? Sales packaging is typically disposed of by the final consumer. Transport packaging is disposed of by distibutors or other companies.

The packaging obligations differ from country to country.

We can help you with the correct categorization of your packaging. Feel free to contact is anytime.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR PACKAGING COMPLIANCE?

There are big differences in costs and recycling fees in between the countries. Basically recycling fees depend on the put on market volumes of packaging.

Furthermore there may be country-specific costs for registration at the environmental authorities as well as membership and/or minimum fees at the national take-back systems. In addition, there are price differences between sales and transport packaging.

We can provide you with an individual cost overview per country. Feel free to contact us anytime.

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Take-back and recycling obligations for packaging

Do you sell packed products within the EU or even worldwide? Then you have various take back and recycling obligations in numerous countries all over the world for the packaging material.

Due to the so called extended producer responsibility (also called “polluter-pays-principle”) your company is liable for all kinds of distributed packaging – including sales-, service-, and transport-packaging. That means every producer, distributor and seller has to ensure appropriate national take-back and recycling possibilities and has to follow certain legal obligations. These liabilities may be fulfilled by joining national take-back schemes and by registering with national authorities.

This also makes sense in terms of sustainability aspects as used packaging material can be recycled and may be used as secondary raw-material again.

That was the idea behind the European packaging directive 94/62/EC which has been adopted individually in all EU countries and many non-EU countries as well: to implement the producer-pays-principle in the field of packaging recycling.

While there are many national adoptions and versions of packaging laws there is no single registration entity for Europe which means that every company has to deal with every single regulation in each country on their own. At the end of the day this results in high administration efforts and high costs.

The new German packaging law (VerpackG) came into force on 1st January 2019.

GO4RECYLCING owns an in-depth knowledge of all these issues and has started to build up this special know-how several years ago. We are your efficient and flexible partner for all compliance related tasks worldwide.

Just give us a call or write an email – we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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