New packaging legislation to take effect in Germany

30 Oct 2018 − 

New law to lift paper recycling rate to 85%

On 1 January 2019, new packaging legislation will become effective in Germany. The primary objective of the new law 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).

Every producer of a packed product that ultimately reaches the end consumer will be 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. The central office was established to give the relevant authorities the possibility to check whether or not packaging producers have met their legal obligation to have their packaging registered for recycling.

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