Tasks and obligations

How can drinks manufacturers and importers take part in the DPG-System and why should they want to?

Drinks manufacturers and importers that decide to take part in the DPG-System sign, to this end, a framework agreement; the so-called "Terms and Conditions of Participation in the DPG-System". The participants are then obliged to behave in accordance with the DPG deposit scheme regulations. Such observation of the regulations agreed to in the Terms and Conditions of Participation in the DPG deposit scheme ensures, for those companies participating, the following:

1. Observance, of the duties foreseen in the Packaging Ordinance for distributors of compulsory-deposit one-way drinks packaging

2. Realization of a quick and, where possible, non-bureaucratic settlement of deposit money for the one-way drinks packaging sold with deposit by the participants.


On what basic principle does the DPG Deposit Scheme function and what does participating mean to drinks manufacturers and importers?

The Terms and Conditions of Participation in the DPG deposit scheme are a so-called "Form Agreement" that all of the system participants sign. Depending on the role of  the company  in the economic cycle, the Terms and Conditions of Participation in the DPG deposit scheme are concluded for the various functions discharged. Specific rights and obligations are associated with the functions selected by the participant in the DPG deposit scheme.

DPG offers bottlers and importers of compulsory-deposit one-way drinks packagings the opportunity to conclude the Terms and Conditions of Participation in the DPG-System in the functions of a First Distributor / Deposit Account Administrator. These functions are associated with the following duties, amongst others:

" Before the sale of compulsory-deposit packagings:

1. Marking obligation
All compulsory-deposit drinks packagings must be furnished with a deposit marking, the so-called "DPG Marking" and an article number (GTIN) for exclusive use on the German market.
More detailed information in this connection can be found under (see 3.1.1.2 Markings)

2. Duty to make entry in the DPG database
The article numbers of compulsory-deposit drinks packagings must be entered in the central DPG system database at least 3 days before first-time distribution.
3. Duty to collect and administrate the deposit on one-way drinks packaging:

For each compulsory-deposit drinks packaging, a deposit sum of 25 cents plus value added tax must be charged to customers and administered until subsequent refunding

" After return of the emptied packagings to DPG collectors / refund claimants:

4. Timely check of deposit claims and in the order:

5. Complaint about faulty deposit claims or

6. ettlement of justified deposit claims
More detailed information in this connection can be found under (see 3.1.13, Processing of the Settlement of Deposits)

" as well as:

7. Duty to payment of the participation fees to DPG