Packaging record from 01/07/2022. What entrepreneurs need to know and do

Businesses that also sell goods as end distributors, for example B- via bags, cups or boxes, must also be registered with the Central Packaging Register as of July 1, 2022 to sign up. All service packs without exception are subject to system sharing, including reusable packaging. So far, companies have been exempted if they have used and issued service and delivery packaging, but have handed over their obligations in full to the previous distributor.

The new commitment is based on the implementation of EU packaging law guidelines introduced in July 2021 with the aim of reducing the volume of plastic packaging in Europe and promoting high-quality recycling with the participation of companies.

Avoid warnings

The associations and chambers had previously criticized the extended registration requirement as disproportionate. Above all, small businesses that do not have a strong management unit will be burdened with additional bureaucratic efforts. In addition, it is doubtful whether the regulation of filling quantities will really change anything.

“Until now, it has been sufficient to instruct the supplier to participate in the double disposal system when packaging is ordered. Now, by July 1st, all companies must be registered if they are going for packaging. In addition, they must state who is responsible for further packaging. Obligations,” explains Dorit Kohler, Environmental Officer at the Cottbus Chamber of Industry and Commerce. It fears that small businesses in the retail, restaurant and service sectors will not observe the deadline and will be warned under competition law.

Examples of service encapsulation are:

  • Cups and mugs for hot drinks including lids
  • Cups for cold drinks
  • vending cup
  • Cups for ice cream, milkshakes, spirits, etc.
  • Food cups, for example B- for soups, smoothies, muesli, popcorn and the like.
  • Soup dishes, menu dishes and the like.
  • Salad dishes, menu dishes with and without lids
  • Trays and bowls eg for cakes, sausages, salads, french fries, etc.
  • Menu and snack boxes, e.g. b. lunch boxes, pasta boxes, pizza boxes
  • Bags, wrappers, blanks, tapered bags, eg sandwich bags, thermo bags, wrappers, french fries bags, etc.
  • Bags, sacks, stapled bags and knotted wrappers sold in the fruit and vegetable trade, in direct sales, at weekly markets or in the fruit and vegetable food retail district
  • Bags, shredders and wrappers delivered to fresh food counters in the trade, food trade or canned food trade
  • All kinds of handbags
  • Packages and bags for dispensing of laundry and dry cleaners
  • Nets, floral paper, floral foil, and wrappers supplied by florists, gardeners or Christmas trees
  • Others, e.g. B- Cake napkins, topper, bracelets, carrying aids, etc.

E-commerce and mail orders are also affected

The new requirements will also take effect in electronic markets and in mail order from 1 July. Only goods from merchants and suppliers who are registered in the packing register and who fulfill their obligations can be displayed there.

Reusable system from 2023

Catering establishments should also prepare to switch to a reusable system, which will be mandatory for ready drinks and prepared foods from 2023. Small outlets are exempt from some reusable requirements. “We would have liked to have a similar regulation for small businesses for the expanded registration requirements,” Dorit Kohler adds.

You can find out which products are affected by the registration requirements, including a demonstration video, at

Registration in the Central Packaging Register

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