Comply With New German Packaging Laws Or Face Fines

Businesses that place goods on the German market face a fine of up to €50,000 and a prohibition in sales if they fail to comply with the country’s updated packaging laws. 

Companies that produce volumes of packaging higher than 80,000 kilos of glass, 50,000 kilos of paper and cardboard and 30,000 kilos of aluminium, plastic, compounds or tinplate/ across goods that are sold in Germany and fail to submit a declaration of compliance (DOC) could receive a €50,000 fine.

Germany’s forthcoming VerpackG legislation, amended to accommodate the country’s ambitious new recycling targets, applies to all manufacturers, importers, distributors and online retailers placing goods on the German market.

All companies which sell goods in Germany must prepare to participate a dual system to arrange for packaging recovery after use to continue trading in the country.

This comprises compulsory registration with the newly established Central Packaging Registry to regulate the collection and recovery of packaging after use and registration with a take-back scheme such as Der Grüne Punkt.

“By January 1 2019, Germany will recover and recycle 90% and 63% of plastics and mechanically reclaimed materials respectively placed on the market, and 90% of all metal, glass and paper by 2022. Businesses must check their compliance requirements in order to maintain market access.”

There are no minimum reporting thresholds, and companies placing even a single item of packaging onto the German market are required to take part in the dual system.

“Germany as a country has set itself some ambitious future recycling targets to meet, which will affect producers considerably going forward,” says Michelle Carvell, COO of Lorax Compliance.

“By January 1 2019, Germany will recover and recycle 90% and 63% of plastics and mechanically reclaimed materials respectively placed on the market, and 90% of all metal, glass and paper by 2022. Businesses must check their compliance requirements in order to maintain market access.”

Lorax Compliance helps businesses to simplify and manage the escalating scope and complexity of global environmental compliance for manufacturers which need to comply with local, national and worldwide waste directives such as packaging, WEEE, batteries, deposit and textiles.

Lorax points to recent research it says reveals Germany is the “world’s leading nation for recycling”, achieving rates of 66% for all waste produced.

To maintain market access, businesses are obligated to register before dispatching anything for the first time in Germany before January 1 2019 at www.verpackungsregister.com, recording their firm’s name, address, contact details, identification and tax registration numbers and brand names.


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