Germany

Packaging Regulations

  • Legislation: the Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung) and the new Packaging Act which will come in force on 1st January 2019
  • Competent Agency: Umweltbundesamt
  • Compliance Scheme: Multiple

Key Requirements:

  • Obligated businesses are required to join a compliance scheme
  • Obligated businesses must submit annual reports on the amount of packaging
  • Exemptions are in place for small producers of packaging

Detailed information on obligations is available at the Umweltbundesamt web-site.

WEEE Regulations

Key Requirements:

  • Obligated businesses must register with the National Register - Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR)
  • Obligated businesses must submit monthly reports on the amount and type of EEE put on the market
  • Take-back works differently than in most other EU countries; EAR sends a request to producers to organise collection of a WEEE container from a municipal collection point
  • There are obligations on online sellers

Detailed information on obligations is available at the Umweltbundesamt web-site.

Batteries Regulations

  • Legislation: The Batteries Act - BattG
  • Competent Agency: Umweltbundesamt
  • Compliance Scheme: Multiple

Key Requirements:

  • Obligated businesses must register with the National Register - GRS Portal
  • Obligated businesses must submit reports on the amount and type of batteries put on the market
  • There are obligations on online sellers

Detailed information on obligations is available at the Umweltbundesamt web-site.