What is it?

The new Pack­a­ging Act will come into for­ce on 01 Janu­a­ry 2019. The law is not new, but from Janu­a­ry 2019 it will be obli­ga­to­ry for ever­yo­ne who pla­ces pack­a­ging fil­led with goods on the mar­ket. If neglec­ted, fines of up to 200,000 euros may be imposed.


The aim of the law is to make the dis­tri­bu­ti­on, retrie­val, and recy­cling of pack­a­ging more trans­pa­rent. This is inten­ded to pro­vi­de manu­fac­tu­rers with incen­ti­ves to take into account the envi­ron­men­tal impacts throughout the ent­i­re life cycle of pro­ducts inlcu­ding during their design and manu­fac­tu­re, and in par­ti­cu­lar for sub­se­quent disposal.

If you are alrea­dy a cus­to­mer with us, it will now pay off for you: Eco­lo­gi­cal cri­te­ria are taken into account in the par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on fees and only a very small fee con­tri­bu­ti­on is due for you.


The fol­lowing steps show what you have to do when and which chan­ges you have to expect:


  •     Step 1: Registration

Tho­se who have not yet regis­tered with the Stif­tung Zen­tra­le Stel­le Ver­pa­ckungs­re­gis­ter must do so at www.verpackungsregister.org by the end of the year. The regis­tered retailers will be publis­hed online.


  •     Step 2: Sys­tem participation

As of 01.01.2019, com­pa­nies are obli­ged to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the Dual Sys­tem. To do this, you must deci­de on a was­te dis­po­sal com­pa­ny with which you want to work. As pri­ces vary, we recom­mend that you obtain offers from various was­te dis­po­sal com­pa­nies, such as Grü­ne Punkt, Veo­lia, Bel­land­Vi­si­on, Inter­se­roh, Eko-Punkt, Reclay VFW, Zen­tek and RKD.


  •     Step 3: Data reporting

All infor­ma­ti­on pro­vi­ded during the sys­tem par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on must also be repor­ted to the Cen­tral Office. This inclu­des the fol­lowing data:

  • Regis­tra­ti­on number
  • Mate­ri­al type and mass of the pack­a­ging involved
  • Name of the was­te dis­po­sal com­pa­ny with which the sys­tem par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on was made.
  • Peri­od for which the sys­tem par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on was made (for examp­le, mon­th­ly or quarterly).

The was­te dis­po­sal com­pa­nies also trans­mit their cor­re­spon­ding data to the cen­tral office. This makes it easy to com­pa­re data and ensu­res a high degree of transparency.


  •     Step 4: Decla­ra­ti­on of completeness

By 15.05.2020 a decla­ra­ti­on of com­ple­teness of all repor­ted data for the year 2019 must be sub­mit­ted to the cen­tral office. Howe­ver, this only app­lies to dea­lers who have submitted

  • over 80,000 kilo­grams of glass
  • over 50,000 kilo­grams of paper, card­board and board
  • over 30,000 kilo­grams of pack­a­ging made of alu­mi­ni­um, fer­rous metals, beverage car­tons or other com­po­si­te packaging

All others are exempt!

What happens next?

In order to pro­vi­de you with more detail­ed infor­ma­ti­on about the Pack­a­ging Act and to cla­ri­fy open ques­ti­ons in a direct con­ver­sa­ti­on, we will be offe­ring webi­nars for our cus­to­mers in autumn. If you would like to take part, plea­se send us an e‑mail to info@landpack.de in advan­ce. In the com­ing weeks we will pro­vi­de you with more infor­ma­ti­on on this on our website.

You can find the pack­a­ging law “Gesetz zur Fort­ent­wick­lung der haus­halts­na­hen sepa­ra­ten­fas­sung von wert­stoff­hal­ti­gen Abfäl­len” here.