Packaging Act / VerpackG Information for distributing companies of electrical and electronic equipment and all other products

Packaging Act as of 2019

As of January 1st, 2019, the new Packaging Act (German Verpackungsgesetz resp. VerpackG Germany) came into force. The Packaging Act will replace the Packaging Ordinance (German Verpackungsverordnung resp. VerpackV Germany). For this reason, the foundation Central Packaging Registration Board (Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister) has started to work on monitoring and ensuring the licensing within the law. The foundation Central Packaging Registration Board is kind of a “Foundation EAR for packaging materials” and a foundation of associations of the industry and commerce.

Distributing companies of electrical and electronic equipment and other products have been considered as packaging manufacturers

All companies distributing products and this means also companies distributing electrical and electronic devices according ElektroG (German WEEE conversion) are affected by the Packaging Act. The reason is that everyone who sells electrical and electronic devices or other products also distributes packaging materials. Therefore, everyone who sells electrical and electronic devices or other products will be classified as a so-called “producer” of packaging material and needs to be registered and to license his materials according to the Packaging Act as of January 1st, 2019 – in case that the products are intended for the private consumer or for receivers which are classified similar to private households. Consequently, all manufacturers will be obliged to register in LUCID, a check register with the foundation “Central Packaging Registration Board” and, in addition, they need to license by one of the certified so-called “Dual Systems”.

How the system works

Producers have to register with the Central Packaging Registration Board. At the same time, they have to license their volume of packaging material via a Dual System of their choice. Registering with the Central Board needs to be effected personally, by the producer company itself. For licensing via a Dual System, the producer is free to make use of a service provider. The Central Packaging Registration Board is centralizing all volumes and types of packaging materials per Dual System, in order to assure a fair sharing of the total costs of registration, transport and all information obligation.

Fines in case of non-compliance

Everyone who is obliged to license via this official registry may see if his market players are registered as well. If they are not, they will no longer be allowed to market their products and they could be fined up to 200,000 EUR. In this way, the market players can monitor one another.

Objectives: Environmentally sound recycling and fair cost allocation

The foundation Central Office Packaging Registry shall contribute to improve the packaging recycling and the standards for a design that is suitable for recycling. The dual systems need to report every year, in which way they have promoted recyclable packaging and the use of recycled materials and how packaging materials may have been recycled. Ecologically sound packaging would be therefore much more favoured. Anybody who opts for ecologically sound packaging could have advantages. In total, an environmentally sound use and the fair cost allocation are important objectives of the new Packaging Act.

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  • Assistance with the individual registration/licencing of each individual manufacturer with the foundation Central Office Packaging Registry as well as with the data reporting
  • Participation in a nationwide approved dual system by using negotiated special conditions by bundling quantities and taking over services
  • Implementation into the reporting system of take-e-way (www.quantity-report.com) for simple, safe and legally justified reporting of the marketed quantities
  • Reporting all quantities for packaging, electronics and batteries in Germany and the whole EU, all in one online portal
  • Comprehensive advice for the classification of packaging, recyclable packaging, declaration of completeness, etc.

take-e-way will offer you comprehensive licencing services for transport packaging:

  • Optional takeover of the take-back obligation of transport packaging in the range of B2B or the processing of individual collection orders on call – we compare the two variants against one another ready for a decision
  • Implementation into the reporting system of take-e-way (www.quantity-report.com) for simple, safe and legally justified reporting of the marketed and take-back quantities
  • Reporting all quantities for packaging, electronics and batteries in Germany and the whole EU, all in one online portal
  • Comprehensive advice for the topics of the classification of packaging, recyclable packaging, etc.

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