Companies can operate successfully only in the context of the market situation obtaining, and of other framework conditions. In the case of the DSD Group, these are primarily political stipulations, arising from the German Closed-Cycle Economy Act and the German Packaging Ordinance, plus economic influencing factors, e.g., in regard to raw material markets.
The market environment in which the DSD Group operates has changed substantially over the past 25 years. In 1990/91, the dual system for collecting and recovering sales packages was set up, in anticipation of the German Packaging Ordinance and the introduction of a producer's responsibility. Since 2003, the system has been restructured from a monopoly to a competitive market. Up to then, DSD was the only system operator in Germany, while today there are ten providers active in the market.
Opening up the sector to competition has led to another innovative thrust in sorting technology, so that the mixed materials collected in the Yellow Sacks and Yellow Bins are separated into fractions of increasing homogeneity, and can thus be recovered more effectively. At the same time, the costs of the dual system have been approximately halved since then.
Duales System Holding and the group's companies operate in a heavily regulated business environment. The German Closed-Cycle Economy Act (KrWG) and the German Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV), in particular, map out the (waste-related) legal framework on a national level. On the EU level, the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging Directive are determinant
An ambitious recyclables act is in the best interests of the natural environment, the business community and the consumers. With nationwide joint collection of packages and other materially identical waste made of plastic and metal, additional recyclables can be collected separately from residual waste and then recovered, instead of being destroyed. By strengthening a producer's responsibility, moreover, the polluter-pays principle would be extended. For companies, this would mean further incentives for designing low-waste, resource-economical products.
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