Packaging law in Europe
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All Information on the packaging law
in Germany and Europe

The German packaging law

The German packaging law (VerpackG) was fundamentally reformed in 2019. This is what you must do now:

  • License your packaging with a “Dual System”
  • Enter your company in the LUCID packaging register
  • Submit an annual packaging data declaration

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The packaging law in the EU
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Packaging law in Europe

Besides Germany, all other EU member states have enacted similar kinds of packaging laws. Do you sell cross-border with your online store? If the answer is yes, you may have obligations to join a recycling scheme in these countries as well. You can use ecosistant to figure out your obligations and how to fulfill them in each European country.

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Packaging register in the EU

Besides the German LUCID register, the following countries operate similar waste registers. Online retailers that ship to these countries may have obligations to register:

  1. Poland
  2. Lithuania
  3. Greece
  4. Slovakia
  5. Great Britain

We have summarized the most important information regarding waste registers abroad in our blog article.

The French packaging law

France is a prominent example for a strict packaging law in Europe. Similarly to Germany, any company that sells to consumers in France has legal obligations for recycling – even when shipping only 1 package a year. Furthermore, France also has its own recycling symbol that must be printed on certain products and recyclable packaging.

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There are packaging laws in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden, i.e. in all EU member states. These packaging laws are all based on the EU packaging waste directive.

However, there are similar laws in some non-EU countries. For instance there is a local packaging law in the UK and Norway. Switzerland also has enacted legal obligations for the recycling of certain types of packaging waste.

You can find the legal text of the VerpackG (2019) in German here.

The legal text of the EU packaging waste directive is available here.