Legal regulations

  • At the European level packaging is governed by Directive 94/62/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 20th December 1994 on Packagings and Packaging Waste, last amended by Directive 2005/20/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 9th March 2005. The directive is aimed at harmonizing the various measures on packagings and packaging waste adopted in the member countries. In this way the effects of this waste on the environment were to be avoided or reduced while on the other hand the function of the single market was to be guaranteed.

  • In Germany this European directive was implemented via the Ordinance on the Avoidance and Recovery of Packaging Wastees (Packaging Ordinance - "VerpackV") of 21st August 1998, last amended by the Fifth Amending Ordinance of 2nd April 2008 (federal law gazette, BGBl. I, p. 531). The overall aim of the Packaging Ordinance is to avert or reduce the effects of waste packaging on the environment. As a means of achieving this, the legislator gives recycling targets in the Packaging Ordinance and adopts regulations on the organization of the collection of waste packaging material. The decisive regulation in the Packaging Ordinance for the compulsory deposit on one-way drinks packaging is section ยง 9 of VerpackV.