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Am I obliged to participate in a dual system?

If you trade with sales packaging filled with goods which are normally purchased by end consumers, you are obliged to participate in a dual system for the disposal of such packaging.

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What does participation in the dual system of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH) cost?

The costs for participation in the dual system of DSSD GmbH depend on the packaging material used and the weight of sales packaging entered into the market. The minimum payment to participate in the dual system of DSD GmbH is 140.00 € net / year.

To calculate an offer you can use our convenient customer program Online Service.

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How can I participate in the dual system of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH)?

By concluding a participation agreement with DSD GmbH. To register, please use the internet portal Online-Service. This contains all important information required, and you can conclude your agreement with us online.

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What is a sales packaging?

Sales packaging is packaging offered as a sales unit and which accumulates at the private end consumer, i.e. in private households and comparable sources of waste. Sales packaging also includes so-called service packaging, i.e. packaging from the trade, gastronomy and other service providers which enable the handing over of goods to the private end consumer (e.g. shopping bags, baker’s bags etc.) as well as disposable plates etc.

Since each packaging which accumulates at the end consumer is defined as sales packaging, this also especially includes shipping cartons e.g. from internet traders, filling material and even shopping bags. These are often wrongly defined as transport packaging.

 

 

Packaging Ordinance

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What is the packaging ordinance?

The German packaging ordinance is based on the “Act for Promoting Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management and Ensuring Environmentally Compatible Waste Disposal” and takes into consideration European directives for the return and disposal of packaging. The objective of the ordinance is to avoid or reduce the impact of waste from packaging on the environment and to make a contribution towards protecting natural resources.

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Which are the most important changes resulting from the 5th amendment to the German packaging ordinance (VerpackV)?

Since 1st January 2009 manufacturers and distributors of sales packaging who bring such packaging into the market for the first time (first circulators) are obliged to participate in a dual system. For service packaging (e.g. shopping bags, baker’s bags etc.) the participation obligation can be delegated once to a preliminary sales level (manufacturer, distributor, pre-distributor).

The submission of a so-called Declaration of Compliance was also introduced for the first time with the 5th amendment to the packaging ordinance.

 

 

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Does the Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV) also apply for smaller packaging volumes?

The packaging ordinance does not specify any minimum volumes, below which the regulations do not apply. As such, all sales packaging circulated in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany is subject to the packaging ordinance, even small amounts.

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Does the packaging ordinance (VerpackV) also apply in other countries?

The German packaging ordinance only applies in the Federal Republic of Germany. Since this involves implementation of the European packaging directive within national law, separate national laws apply in other countries of the EU.

Further information is available at www.pro-europe.org.

 

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Where can I find the packaging ordinance (VerpackV)?

The current ordinance text is available on the website of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety at the following link.

www.bmu.de/files/pdfs/allgemein/application/pdf/verpackv_4aenderung_en_bf.pdf

Dual System

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What is a dual system?

A dual system is a secondary disposal system and was set up – in addition to the public waste disposal system – exclusively for used sales packaging. In 1990 „Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD)“ was founded as the first dual system which has developed today’s household collection system in Germany. By order of its customers, DSD GmbH organizes household packaging waste collection (via the yellow bin / yellow bag, containers for glass etc.) and ensures professional sorting and recycling of packaging. The disposal services (collection, sorting and recycling of sales packaging) are financed via participation payments and are executed by commissioned disposal companies. Manufacturers and distributors who do not register their sales packaging within a dual system are acting contrary to regulations. This may result in a civil fine.

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Who are „private end consumers“ and what are „comparable sources of waste“?

Private end consumers in the terms of the packaging ordinance are households and so-called comparable sources of waste packaging, especially restaurants, hotels, canteens, administration centers, barracks, hospitals, educational centers, charity centers, freelancers and typical sources of waste in the field of culture such as cinemas, operas and museums as well as the leisure-time sector such as vacation camps, leisure parks, sports stadiums and restaurants.

Comparable sources of waste also include agricultural and craftsmen businesses which can be disposed in a waste collection cycle typical for households via household collection bins for paper, cardboard, cartons and light packaging using a transfer bin for not more than 1,100 litres per material group.

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Am I obliged to participate in a dual system?

If you trade with sales packaging filled with goods which are normally purchased by end consumers, you are obliged to participate in a dual system for the disposal of such packaging.

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What does „participation“ in a dual system’ mean?

The word ‚participation’ is a term from the packaging ordinance. ‘Participation in a dual system’ means that the manufacturer and distributor of sales packaging filled with goods which normally accumulates at the private end consumer must participate in one ort several dual systems in order to ensure national return of such packaging. The collection, sorting and recycling of sales packaging entered into the market is thus financed via so-called ‘participation payments’ which are made to the dual systems.

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What does participation in the dual system of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH) cost?

The costs for participation in the dual system of DSSD GmbH depend on the packaging material used and the weight of sales packaging entered into the market. The minimum payment to participate in the dual system of DSD GmbH is 140.00 € net / year.

To calculate an offer you can use our convenient customer program Online Service.

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Which services does Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH) offer?

The dual system of DSD GmbH has been set up nationally in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1993 and organizes the collection, sorting and recycling of sales packaging. On participating in the dual system of the DSD GmbH, observance of appropriate participation duties from the packaging ordinance is guaranteed.

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How can I participate in the dual system of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH)?

By concluding a participation agreement with DSD GmbH. To register, please use the internet portal Online-Service. This contains all important information required, and you can conclude your agreement with us online.

Sales packaging

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What is a sales packaging?

Sales packaging is packaging offered as a sales unit and which accumulates at the private end consumer, i.e. in private households and comparable sources of waste. Sales packaging also includes so-called service packaging, i.e. packaging from the trade, gastronomy and other service providers which enable the handing over of goods to the private end consumer (e.g. shopping bags, baker’s bags etc.) as well as disposable plates etc.

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Who is responsible for paying for the waste management of used sales packaging?

Pursuant to the packaging ordinance, manufacturers and distributors of sales packaging filled with goods which are normally passed on to the private end consumer are responsible for having the collection, sorting and recycling executed via a dual system.

Transport packaging

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What is transport packaging?

Transport packaging is packaging which facilitates the transport of goods, protects goods during transport or is used for reasons of safety of transport and which accumulates at the distributor (e.g. the trade). The decisive factor is that the packaging ends up at the distributor and not at the private end consumer. Transport packaging can therefore include, for example, pallets, shrink-foil and boxes with several sales units which merely serve for transport protection and which end up at the distributor.

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What is the difference between sales and transport packaging?

The difference is in the location where the used packaging ends up for disposal (source of waste). Transport packaging ends up at the distributor (e.g. the trade) and sales packaging at the private end consumer, e.g. household, restaurant etc.

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Who is responsible for the disposal of transport packaging?

Manufacturers and distributors are responsible for the disposal of used transport packaging.

Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH also provides a waste management service for transport packaging. You will find further information here.

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What does DSD waste management for transport packaging cost?

Costs for the disposal of transport packaging depend on the packaging material of the entire transport packaging used. The minimum payment is 500 € net / year. We can submit an individual quotation, on request. Simply fill in our questionnaire at: Qestionnaire.

Shipping packaging

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What is shipping packaging?

Shipping packaging is "shipping material used for the transport of goods and which accumulates at the end consumer (especially shipping packages from internet and mail-order trade, including direct selling). Shipping packaging is to be categorized as sales packaging" (Source: www.laga-online.de) and is therefore not categorized as transport packaging.

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Who is responsible for the disposal of shipping packaging?

Manufacturers and distributors of shipping packaging are responsible for disposal. Since shipping packaging is sales packaging in terms of the packaging ordinance, participation in a dual system is also obligatory for shipping packaging.

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How is re-used / used shipping packaging treated?

When using used packaging, e.g. used cardboard boxes in internet trade, there is also an obligation to participate in a dual system. Exceptions apply if the used packaging has already been registered with a dual system pursuant to § 6 sect. 3 VerpackV, but has not yet been disposed of. Burden of proof is with the person/company which places the sales packaging filled with goods into the market.

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What do I have to do to register my shipping packaging with the dual system of DSD?

To register, please use our internet portal „Online-Service“. This contains all important information needed about shipping and sales packaging, and you can directly enter into an agreement with us online.

This is the link to our Online Service.

Service packaging

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What is service packaging?

Service packaging is packaging of the trade, gastronomy and other service providers which enable the passing on of goods to private end consumers (e.g. shopping bags, baker’s bags, etc.).

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Who is responsible for service packaging within the scope of the packaging ordinance (VerpackV)?

In principle, the company initially entering such packaging into the market. In the case of service packaging, the packaging ordinance specifies the exception that obligation to participate in a dual system can be delegated once to a preliminary sales level (manufacturer/ distributor or pre-distributor).

 

Disposal of batteries

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Does Der Grüne Punkt –Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH) provide a disposal solution for batteries?

DSD GmbH currently does not provide a disposal service for batteries.

Deposit

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Which packaging is subject to deposit duty?

Since 1. May 2005 deposit duty has applied for disposal beverage packaging in the following beverage sectors:

1.Beer (including alcohol-free beer) and beer mixed beverages,
2.Mineral, spring, table and medicinal water and all other drinkable water,
3.Refreshment drinks, sparkling and non-sparkling (especially lemonade including cola beverages, fizzy drinks, bitter drinks and ice-tea). Not included in refreshment drinks in terms of sentence 1 are fruit juices, fruit drinks, vegetable juice, vegetable drinks, beverages with a minimum share of 50 per cent of milk or products generated from milk, and mixes of such drinks as well as diet drinks in terms of § 1 sect. 2 letter c of the Diet Regulations provided exclusively for babies or small children,
4.alcoholic mixed beverages which
a)have been produced using
aa)products subject to duty on spirits pursuant to § 130 Abs. 1 of the law on Spirits Monopoly, or
bb)fermentation alcohol of beer, wine or products similar to wine, also in processed form which has been subjected to technical treatment which no longer complies with good production practice and has alcoholic strength of less than 15 %, or
b)contain less than 50 per cent wine or products similar to wine, also in processed form.

Deposit duty applies to manufacturers and distributors of disposable beverage packaging which is not ecologically advantageous.

The following disposable beverage packaging is considered as ecologically advantageous and is therefore not subject to a deposit:

  • Beverage carton packaging (block and gable top packaging)
  • Beverage polyethelene flowpack packaging
  • Foil stand-up packaging

You will find more information and our offer concerning DSD deposit duty here.

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)

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Which electrical and electronic equipment is included in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)?

The ElektroG includes:

  • Large household equipment, automatic dispensers
  • Cooling equipment, equipment containing oil
  • Telcommunications equipment, consumer electronics
  • Gas discharge lamps
  • Small household equipment, lighting fittings, electrical and electronic tools, toys, sports and leisure equipment, medical products, monitoring and check instruments

A complete list is available in § 2of the ElektroG.

 

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Who is responsible for the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment?

The manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment , or company which first places the product with packaging into the market (if the manufacturer does not have a registered location in an EU member state), is responsible for disposal.

Those subject to the law are obliged to take on equipment collected by local authorities, to recycle such equipment in accordance with ecological standards and to bear the costs. Depending on the respective equipment category, 70 to 80 weight per cent are to be recycled, at least 50 weight per cent is to be re-used or its material recycled.

Manufacturers pursuant to § 3 sect.. 11 and 12 ElektroG are all companies which, within the scope of the Act:

  • manufacture and place into the market electrical and electronic equipment under their brand names,
  • re-sell equipment of other providers under their brand names or
  • import or place equipment into the market in Germany for the first time, or import into another EU country and pass such equipment on there immediately to a user,
  • culpably offer new equipment of a non-registered manufacturer for sale.
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How is the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment organized?

The local authorities provide collection containers for electrical and electronic equipment which are filled with waste equipment of the end consumers. When these are full, the local authority contacts the Foundation Elektro-Altgeräte-Register (EAR) (Electrical Waste Equipment Register), which then issues a collection order to one of the registered manufacturers in accordance with a specific distribution key. The appropriate collection container must be collected within a period of four days.

If you have commissioned Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH in the EAR system as a disposal company, we will handle operations for you accordingly.

You will find further information and the link to EAR here.

 

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Do I have to label electrical and electronic equipment?

All electrical equipment placed on the market must be labelled permanently with this symbol for identification purposes.

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Who handles registration with the foundation, Elektro-Altgeräte-Register (EAR)?

Your company has to handle registration with EAR.

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Why do I need an insolvency-proof guarantee, and where do I obtain such a guarantee?

The insolvency-proof guarantee is specified by law and provides security for the community of manufacturers in the case of insolvency of the manufacturing plant of electrical and electronic equipment.

We can arrange an insolvency-proof guarantee for you for the financing of the return, recycling and disposal of your B2C equipment.

Facility waste management

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What is facility waste management and what is managed?

Within the scope of facility waste management, production waste, organic waste, special or packaging waste is disposed at the location of the company or in branches or a branch network.

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Who can use the DSD facility waste management system?

The DSD facility waste management system is intended for both manufacturers and distributors.

You can find more information here.

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How can I conclude a contract for DSD facility waste management?

To enquire, please use our Online questionnaire. We can provide you with a tailor-made disposal concept and submit you an individual offer.

European Packaging Directive/Grüner Punkt in Europe

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What is the content of the European packaging directive?

The main objectives of the European packaging objectives are the avoidance and reduction of environmental impact from packaging and packaging waste – with the concrete target of reducing packaging waste across Europe by 50 per cent. Other principles in the directive include the re-use and recycling of packaging waste in terms of material and energy.

The directive specifies outline conditions and contents which all member states of the European Union have to implement into national law. As a result, each member state must execute the action required for the setting up of return, collection and recycling systems for used packaging. However, each country is at liberty to organize such systems itself.

National implementation of European law in Germany is manifested in the German packaging ordinance. This specifies that manufacturers and distributors of sales packaging filled with goods, which normally end up at the private end consumers, are responsible for the collection, sorting and recycling of their packaging. Such duties are completely fulfilled by participating in a dual system.

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In which countries is the trade mark “Der Grüne Punkt” (The Green Dot) represented?

There are now 33 members active across Europe and in Canada under the umbrella of PRO EUROPE; 24 of these use the Grüner Punkt as a licensing symbol for packaging recycling. In addition, PRO EUROPE has entered into cooperation agreements with similar systems in Great Britain (VALPAK), Canada (CSR), Finland (PYR), Iceland (Islandic Recycling Fund) and the Ukraine (UkrPEC), who ensure that legitimized license holders of the Grüner Punkt can distribute their packaging labelled with the symbol without any problems.

You can find current information on the international use of the trademark „Der Grüne Punkt“ on the website of the umbrella organisation PRO EUROPE at  www.pro-e.org.

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Do I have to label my packaging distributed in Germany with the trademark „Der Grüne Punkt“?

Pursuant to the packaging ordinance, there has been no obligation to label packaging since 2009. However, labelling of packaging is useful and is still used by most companies placing packaging filled with goods onto the market for the first time. Der Grüne Punkt indicates to the end consumer that the respective sales packaging can be disposed via the yellow bin or yellow bag, etc.. In addition, the trademark  „Der Grüne Punkt“ shows that customers take their producing responsibilities seriously and fulfil their obligations in line with the packaging ordinance.

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What do I have to do if I want to use the trademark, „Der Grüne Punkt“?

To use the trademark, „Der Grüne Punkt“ you need to acquire a trademark license in the country ion which packaging labelled with the Grüner Punkt is distributed. To use the trademark, „Der Grüne Punkt“ in Germany, you need to conclude a trademark licence agreement with Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH. Another precondition is that the manufacturer/distributor fulfils the legal targets for such sales packaging, especially participation in a dual system.

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Does the German trade mark licence agreement also apply for the use of the trademark „Der Grüne Punkt“ in other countries?

No, the German trademark licence agreement is only valid for the use of the trademark „Der Grüne Punkt“ in Germany.

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Is there an obligation to label in other countries, i.e. do I have to print the Grüner Punkt on my packaging for exports?

An obligation to label exists in the following countries:

  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
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What is the difference between the German packaging ordinance and the European Packaging Directive?

The German packaging ordinance is the implementation of the European Packaging Directive into German law.

Offer of Contract

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Which types of contract does Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH) offer?

DSD GmbH offers contracts for the following services:

  • Participation agreement for participation of sales packaging in the dual system of DSD GmbH
  • Trademark licence agreement to use the trademark „Der Grüne Punkt“
  • Contract for the disposal of transport packaging
  • Contract for facility waste management
  • ElektroG service contract
  • Deposit clearing contract
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How can I enter into an agreement with Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD GmbH)?

You can conclude participation and/or trademark agreements directly online via our internet portal Online-Service.

We can submit an individual offer concerning our other services. Simply get in touch with us!

 

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Are there special offers for small companies?

We do not provide any special contracts for smaller companies.

Declaration of Compliance

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What is a Declaration of Compliance (DoC)?

A declaration of compliance is a verification concerning the volumes of sales packaging placed into the market by a manufacturer / distributor within one calendar year, and has to be submitted to the respective local Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) by 1st May for the previous calendar year.

Data is to be audited by a tax consultant, auditor, certified accountant or independent expert and verified by electronic signature. The volume data is transferred into a database by the company first placing the sales packaging into the market, under www.ihk-ve-register.de released by the respective CIC and is only available to inspection authorities.

 

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Who has to draw up and submit the declaration of compliance (DOC)?

In principle, the company which first places into the market the sales packaging which is specified for the private end consumer or comparable sources of waste is responsible for drawing up and submitting the DOC. If submission of the DOC is required, this is to be transmitted digitally by the company first placing the sales packaging into the market under www.ihk-ve-register.de.

Companies which also place sales packaging into the market which ends up at industrial/commercial end consumers also need to include data on the fulfilment of recycling requirements for this type of packaging in the DOC.

 

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What does the declaration of compliance (DOC) contain?

Content and scope of the declaration of compliance result from the packaging ordinance (§ 10 VerpackV). This especially has to include data on type of material and mass of all sales packaging entered onto the market in the previous calendar year. These are divided into:

  • Participation in dual systems (§ 6 (1) VerpackV)
  • Participation in sector solution systems (§6 (2) VerpackV)
  • Deliveries to non-private end consumers such as large companies and industry (§7 VerpackV)
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By when does the declaration of compliance (DOC) have to be submitted?

The DOC has to be submitted by 1st  May of each calendar year for the previous calendar year.

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Does every company placing sales packaging on the market for the first time have to draw up a declaration of compliance(DOC)?

Regulation for submission of the DOC is based on minimum volumes.
The certified declaration of compliance is to be submitted each year, if the following volumes of packaging placed into the market are exceeded:

Glass> 80,000 kg/year or
Paper, cardboard, boxes> 50,000 kg/year or
Other*> 30.000 kg/year

(*Aluminium, plastic, compounds, tin plate)

As soon as these limits have been exceeded, a DOC has to be submitted for all packaging materials! If the annual volumes are below these minimum volumes, the declaration of compliance only needs to be submitted if requested by the local authority.

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Does the declaration of compliance (DOC) have to be drawn up, if I stay below the minimum volumes?

Regular drawing up of the DOC is not necessary if the annual volumes are below the minimum volumes per packaging type. However, respective data must be available at all times because the local authority can demand such a DOC at any time. The most important factor is that the company first entering sales packaging onto the market keeps the necessary data up to date and available, even if it stays below the minimum volumes.

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What are the consequences for companies which can not present a declaration of compliance (DOC) on request of the local authority?

If required submission of the DOC is not made, a fine of 50,000 € is possible. The local authority can also order appropriate administrative fines. The DOC must be subsequently drawn up, so that there is no benefit resulting from non-submission in the first place.

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Does the declaration of compliance (DOC) comply with the DSD Certificate?

No. On presenting the certificate agreed by contract between the customer and Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH, the data provided by the customer in the annual closing report are confirmed in terms of correctness and completeness.

In contrast, the legally specified declaration of compliance covers all packaging entered into the market which accumulates at private and commercial end consumers.

More information on the procedure concerning the declaration of compliance is available at www.ihk-ve-register.de.

 

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Does the declaration of compliance (DOC) have to be submitted without request?

Yes. If the minimum volumes specified in § 10 sect. 4 of the German Packaging Ordinance are exceeded in one or several material sections, the declaration of compliance must be submitted without request and within the deadline by 1st May for the previous year. Data is entered into the database by the company first placing packaging into the market, and formally checked. Advance auditing by an auditor, tax consultant, certified accountant or independent expert is required.

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Who is the declaration of compliance (DOC) submitted to?

The declaration of compliance is to be transmitted to the respective regional CIC by 1st May for the previous calendar year via a specified digital path.

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Is there a form for drawing up the declaration of compliance (DOC)?

You can find all information required for the transfer of data to your CIC at  www.ihk-ve-register.de.

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Which data protection regulations apply for the declaration of compliance (DOC)?

The respective regional CIC publish the names, post code and federal state/country of the companies which have submitted a DOC on an internet platform of the DIHK (German CIC). Other information is not accessible for third parties. Only inspection authorities can inspect the DOC within their authorization to execute inspection.