ALL ABOUT THE
Manufacturers and distributors of packaging are obligated under the Packaging Act (VerpackG) to register with the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR, Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister). This obligation extends to business undertakings in the area of end-user product packaging as well as to those that distribute transport packaging, multiple-unit packaging, and reusable packaging for industrial and commercial usage. The same applies to distributors of service packaging in the restaurant/catering industry.
Packaging that typically lands in the waste containers of end consumers after its use must additionally be licensed in a dual system.
The Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR) operates in the form of a foundation under German civil law and performs both organisational and monitoring functions to ensure compliance with the Packaging Act (VerpackG).
Among the primary duties of the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR) are:
- provision/operation of the online portal for registration of manufacturers (LUCID),
- receipt, collection, and administration of data reports from the manufacturers and the systems,
- reviewing the declarations of completeness and if necessary reporting to the public authorities,
- keeping a register of audits and establishing auditing directives for experts, public auditors, and certified bookkeepers,
- developing and publicising minimum standards for assessing the recyclability of packaging.
Additional information on the Central Agency Packaging Register is available at www.verpackungsregister.org.
THE MOST IMPORTANT
The reduction or complete prevention of the impacts of packaging waste on the environment through the recycling and avoidance of packaging waste are the most important objectives of the Packaging Act (VerpackG). The new act also prescribes significant increases to the recycling quotas that the systems must fulfil for all categories of materials.
The act also prescribes significant increases to the recycling quotas that the systems must fulfil for all categories of materials. These increases will be effected in two steps commencing in 2019 and 2022.
Mandatory deposit fees were also extended: Mixed beverages containing at least 50 per cent whey and non-refillable beverage packaging containing carbonated fruit and vegetable nectars may now only be distributed with a 25-cent deposit. Beginning 1 January 2022, this will also apply to all non-refillable plastic bottles (PET) containing beverages and to aluminium cans. Merchants must clearly display non-refillable and refillable products as such on the shelves using their respective designations in order to ensure increased transparency.
The Packaging Act is intended to expedite the use of ecologically beneficial and recyclable packaging by making manufacturers and traders more responsible for their packaging. In the long term, the calculation of the participation fees is to be oriented along ecological factors. This – in addition to the conserving of non-renewable resources – is the goal of the Packaging Act 2019. Similar incentive systems must form part of the performance specifications of the dual systems.
ACT AT A GLANCE
In short, we would like to show you the most important changes and obligations under the Packaging Act.
- Whoever is deemed by law as a manufacturer of packaging to be filled with goods must license this packaging. Through the licensing of the packaging, manufacturers participate in the waste-disposal process and therefore fulfil their obligations to participate in a dual system.
- The Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR) was created for monitoring compliance with the Packaging Act (VerpackG). The public register is operated by LUCID. Every business undertaking obligated to register must register its end-consumer packaging, transport packaging, service packaging, and multiple-unit packaging in this register prior to putting it on the market. Manufacturers obligated to register also use this portal for submitting a variety of reports to the ZSVR, such as the estimated volume report, volume adjustments during an ongoing year, the year-end report, and the declaration of completeness.
- The products of companies/brands that have not been properly registered may no longer be sold in Germany. The following requirements must be fulfilled:
- a) Brands and manufacturers must be registered with the ZSVR.
- b) The packaging material has been licensed by a dual system
- (e.g. Dual System Zentek).
- Each report made in connection with the participation in a system must also be communicated promptly to the ZSVR via the reporting portal LUCID.
A variety of amendments to the Packaging Act (VerpackG) came into force on 3 July 2021. This amended act covers a variety of areas and affects distributors of end-consumer packaging, transport packaging, multiple-unit packaging, and reusable packaging as well as online-merchants and distributors of service packaging. Amendments were also made to the mandatory deposit obligation and the use of reusable alternatives.
All of the amendments to the Packaging Act (VerpackG) come into force in stages. How these affect you and which of the measures affects you are found in our pdf file: “Overview of the amendments”. In this the amendments are set out in chronological order. This file may of course be downloaded by you for inclusion in your personal documents. If you have any questions or need further details, please do not hesitate to contact us personally at any time.
Your new obligations, as well as those obligations that have not changed, are spelled out in plain terms and using graphic depictions in four films produced by the ZSVR. The ZSVR’s task areas as well as your obligations as the first party to put product packaging on the market are clearly explained.