The Packaging Ordinance specifies in great detail which drink contents in which one-way drinks packaging require a compulsory deposit.
The contents of a packaging that make it subject to a compulsory deposit are in particular:
Beer and mixed drinks containing beer
- Mixtures of beer with cola or
- Alcohol-free beer,
- Beer with syrup (such as "Berliner Weiße mit Schuss"),
- Beer with another alcoholic drink (such as beer with vodka)
- Flavoured beer (such as beer with tequila aroma);
- Mineral water carbonated or non-carbonated,
- Spring water,
- Healing water,
- Table water and also other water, also with additives, e.g. aroma, caffeine, oxygen,
- all other drinkable waters
Soft drinks carbonated and non-carbonated
- Certain fruit-juice drinks,
- Athletes' drinks,
- So-called "energy drinks",
- Ice-tea or coffee drinks, intended to be taken cold,
- Bitter drinks and other drinks carbonated and non-carbonated,
As of 1st April 2009: dietetic drinks with the exception of those intended solely for babies and small children.
Mixed alcoholic drinks
If these drinks are to be distributed in non-reusable packagings, a deposit of at least 25 cents incl. value added tax must be charged.
Not subject to compulsory deposit
- Packagings that have a full volume of less than 0.1 l or more than 3.0 l,
- Ecologically beneficial packagings. These include:
- drink packagings made of carton (block packs, gable packs, cylindrical packs)
- drinks in polyethylene heat-sealed-bag packagings
- standing foil bags, reusable packagings.
- Reusable Packagings