From January 1st 2019 the Packaging Act (VerpackG) replaced the German packaging law, Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV), which had been in force since 1991. The ordinance placed responsibility for the disposal of certain materials on industry rather than municipal authorities, aiming for manufacturers and distributors of packaging material to share in the disposal costs. A ‘dual system’ was created, recognizable by the Green Dot.
The aim in replacing the old ordinance with the Packaging Act (VerpackG), was to reduce packaging waste as much as possible and to ensure companies contribute to environmental costs, which they should have already been doing but, in reality, few actually did. VerpackG requires you to register yourself as a dealer before you can bring any packaging material into Germany.
One of the most important duties for affected dealers is the requirement to register with the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR). The dealer must also participate in a “dual system” in Germany and pre-license each piece of packaging that is shipped to Germany.
Online retailers based in Europe or elsewhere that ship their goods to consumers in Germany must ensure they comply with the law. This is because the new Packaging Law also applies explicitly to international retailers who intend to sell their goods in sales packaging to Germany.
For more information visit https://www.verpackungsregister.org/
Products to be banned across Europe from 2021
According to European Commission figures more than 80% of all marine litter is made up of plastics, with 70% of that comprised of ten common single-use plastic products, as well as lost or abandoned fishing gear.
A recent law was passed by the European Parliament to tackle this problem. Under the Single Use Plastics Directive the following products will be banned in the EU from 2021:
Single-use plastic cutlery (knives, forks, spoons and chopsticks)
Single-use plastic plates
Plastic drinking straws
Single-use plastic drink stirrers
Cotton bud sticks made of plastic
Plastic balloon sticks
Expanded polystyrene food containers and cups
All products made from oxo-degradable plastics
The aim of this ban is to more than halve the amount of littering caused by the 10 single-use plastics products most often found on EU beaches, and save a projected €22 billion-worth of environmental damage by 2030.