German Packaging Ordinance – The Dual System

The German Packaging Ordinance obliges manufacturers and distributors to take back used, empty sales packaging from consumers free of charge and to forward it for recycling, regardless of whether they sell direct, via retailers, wholesalers or importers.

Sales packaging is understood to be anything that helps with the containment, protection, handling, delivery or presentation of goods. The easiest way to determine what is sales packaging is to establish if the packaging in question is discarded by the consumer / end-user. Basically this is anything a consumer takes home with him upon purchase (eg. cartons, cans, tubes, jars, pots, polystyrene moulds and chips, bubble wrap, plastic bags etc). For all obligated companies, there is compulsory membership of a dual system (compliance scheme), which ensures that used sales packaging is regularly collected from private households and other locations throughout Germany.

There are nine compliance scheme provider in Germany:

Our co-operation Partner: Landbell AG

The German American Chamber of Commerce in New York is advising American companies on how to comply with the many aspects of German environmental legislation. The Chamber works especially closely with Landbell AG, one of the compliance schemes in Germany. Landbell offers a complete service for collection, recovery and recycling from one source.


Eva Coblenzer
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Business Development Consulting

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