Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung/VerpackV)

This unofficial version reflects the Packaging Ordinance as at 1 April 2009, date at which the Fifth Amending Ordinance entered into force in its entirety.

Packaging Ordinance*

The Federal Government, acting pursuant to section 6 subsection (1), fourth sentence, section 23 Nos. 1, 2 and 6, section 24 subsection (1) Nos. 2, 3 and 4 and subsection (2) No. 1 and section 57, each in conjunction with section 59, and section 7 subsection (1) No. 3 and section 12 subsection (1) of the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act (Kreislaufwirtschafts- und Abfallgesetz) of 27 September 1994 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2705), having heard the parties concerned and having regard to the rights of the Bundestag, hereby decrees as follows: 

Part I Waste Management Objectives, Scope and Definition of Terms

Section 1 Waste Management Objectives

Section 2 Scope of Application

Section 3 Definition of Terms

Part II Obligation to Accept Returned Packaging, Charge Deposits and Recover Packaging

Section 4 Obligation to Accept Returned Transport Packaging

Section 5 Obligation to Accept Returned Secondary Packaging

Section 6 Obligation to Ensure the Collection of Sales Packaging Arising at the Private Consumer on a Full-Coverage Basis

Section 7 Obligation to Accept Returned Sales Packaging Not Arising at the Private Final Consumer

Section 8 Obligation to Accept Returned Sales Packaging of Pollutant-Containing Products

Section 9 Obligation to Charge Deposits On and Accept Returned One-Way Drinks Packaging

Section 10 Declaration of Compliance for Sales Packaging put into Circulation

Section 11 Authorisation of Third Parties

Part III Manufacture, Putting into Circulation and Labelling of Packaging

Section 12 General Requirements

Section 13 Heavy Metal Concentrations

Section 14 Marking

Part IV Administrative Offences, Transitional and Concluding Provisions

Section 15 Administrative Offences

Section 16 Transitional Provisions

Annex I (to section 6)

Annex II (to section 13 subsection (2))

Annex III (to section 13 subsection (3))

Annex IV (to section 14)

Annex V (to section 3 subsection (1) No. 1)

Annex VI (to section 10 subsection (5))


*Ordinance on the Avoidance and Recovery of Packaging Wastes (Packaging Ordinance - Verpackungsverordnung - VerpackV) of 21 August 1998 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 2379) as last amended by the Fifth Amending Ordinance of 2 April 2008 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 531)

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