The Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV) came into force on 1 December 1991 and governed companies’ responsibility for the disposal of their packaging. On 1 January 2019, the new Packaging Law (VerpackG) came into force, replacing the previous VerpackV. The Packaging Law was amended in 2021.
The aim of the VerpackG is the avoidance of packaging waste, the conservation of resources and the recycling of packaging to protect the environment.
Obligations for companies
The law requires manufacturers, distributors or importers of packaging or packaged products to contribute to the disposal costs in order to assume their responsibility for the product and it’s return and disposal. In order to achieve this, approved dual systems have been established which coordinate collection and disposal as well as provide licensing for the corresponding packaging.
Registration: Registration takes place via the publicly accessible packaging register "LUCID" of the Central Packaging Register (ZSVR)
Participation in the system: Participation in one or more fee-based dual waste management system(s)
Quantity reporting: Regular quantity reporting within the scope of the contract with the disposal system and simultaneous reporting to the ZSVR
Declaration of completeness: Annual submission of a declaration of completeness (only when one or more of the following quantity thresholds are exceeded: 80 tons/year of glass packaging, 50 t/y of paper/cardboard/cardboard packaging, 30 t/y of plastic/composite material/tinplate/aluminium packaging)
Who is affected by VerpackG?
The VerpackG affects manufacturers, distributors or importers of “sales packaging”. Packaging that typically accumulates as waste at the end consumer is subject to system participation, including:
Shipping packaging (e.g. in online trade)
We support you with the legal obligation with the VerpackG. Please contact us.