Handling of returned one-way drinks packaging
The Basis for a deposit invoice via the DPG-System is the Electronic Raw Data Set
One-way drinks packaging are not intended for refilling. Their return to the original seller is therefore impracticable, both from an economical and an ecological standpoint. After their return by the consumer, the packagings are passed on to the recycling process.
The deposit clearing process in the DPG-System therefore functions on the basis if electronic raw data sets. These can be generated in a variety of ways:
Machine-Aided Collection on the Shop Premises
In this case the collector purchases a certified DPG collection machine and places this in its sales rooms. Before being put into operation, the Reverse Vending Machine must be entered in the system database in the name of "its" collector. If empties are put into the Reverse Vending Machine, this checks the validity of the DPG marking and recognizes the packaging on the basis of the printed article number (GTIN).
For each packaging recognized as valid a so-called electronic raw data set is prepared; at the same time the packaging is destroyed to prevent any repetition of the return procedure. The devalued packaging is then passed to the recycling procedure.
The deposit invoice can only be carried out on the basis of the electronic data set prepared.
Hand-in collection in the shop
The purchase of a Reverse Vending Machine is not a precondition for participation in the DPG clearing process. There is also the possibility of hand-in collection in the shop.
In this case the electronic data set for the deposit invoice must be prepared subsequently. This is undertaken in so-called "Counting Centres" that are run by various operators nation-wide.
After hand-in collection, the empties are gathered and are later brought to an authorized counting centre for automated recording. Counting Centres function in principle just as the Reverse Vending Machines do: they can recognize DPG packagings and prepare, for the deposit invoice, an electronic data set for each packaging. In the Counting Centre, too, deposit packagings are first recorded and then devalued and passed on for recycling.