New packaging legislation to take effect in Germany

10 Jan 2019 − 

On 1 January 2019, new packaging legislation has become effective in Germany.

The primary objective of the new German Packaging Act is to recycle more waste from private households and to increase current recycling rates. The law provides for extended product responsibility, which means that on principle, everybody who puts filled packaging into circulation is also responsible for taking back and recycling the packaging.

By issuing the new law, Germany’s legislators plan to raise the country’s recycling rates substantially with effect from 1 January 2019: from currently 70% to 85% for paper and board, and from currently 60% to 90% for plastics (65% thereof are planned to undergo mechanical recycling, up from 36% at present).

The new packaging law also provides for another increase in recycling targets, determining that 90% of all metal, glass and paper placed on the market has to be recycled from 2022.

Every producer of a packed product that ultimately reaches the end consumer is legally obligated to participate in a dual system, pay license fees and register with Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, a foundation that has established a central office that keeps a packaging register called “Lucid”, which went online on 6 September 2018.

This is an excerpt from a more comprehensive article published in EUWID Packaging Markets 1/2019.
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