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Packaging license

Together with you, we design cycles for a clean tomorrow

We explain the way to successful packaging licensing

Carefree creation of new value from previously discarded waste – for you, your customers and the complete environment. PreZero has dedicated itself to this objective in its business sectors and services.

As a forerunner and partner, we are with you every step of the way to a circular economy: from packaging licensing to collection, sorting and recycling through to merchandise logistics and the development of new, innovative packaging solutions.

We don’t just help you comply with all current requirements safely and reliably – we go way beyond that. The most modern systems, alternative raw materials and digital innovation: We make the concept of the closed value chain a successful business model for you, when it still means obligations and restrictions for your competition.

Together on the fast lane.

Packaging license explained simply: Find out here whether you have to license your packaging with a dual system

Dual System explained

Packaging licenses – what does that mean?

In Germany, packaging falls under a producer's extended responsibility. That means the manufacturer is responsible for the proper disposal of its packaging. Furthermore, every party placing goods on the market must license their packaging with a disposal entity under the dual system.

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When does packaging have to be licensed?

Packaging has to be licensed when:
  • it is filled with goods for the first time
  • it is delivered to Germany
  • it is produced commercially
  • it is used for commercial purposes
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Who has to obtain a license for the packaging?

Any entity that brings packaging filled with goods to the German market must obtain a license for that packaging.

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What types of packaging are subject to licensing?

In general, all sales, outer and shipping packaging, including all filling materials and service packaging, are system-relevant packaging materials and must be licensed with a disposal entity under the dual system.

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Where does packaging that needs to be licensed accumulate?

System-relevant packaging materials accumulate at households or similar collection areas (e.g., hospitals, restaurants, hotels, office buildings). Packaging is disposed of in the yellow bin, the yellow bag, the paper collection bin and in municipal glass bottle recycling bins. 

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What role does the Central Office play?

The Central Office (Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister) is the fundamental controlling body. It essentially compares the packaging quantities that manufacturers bring to market against the quantities that are licensed with a disposal entity under the dual system. This allows the Central Office to verify that manufacturers are adhering to their extended producer responsibility.

Dual System Obligations

What are my obligations as a manufacturer?

Manufacturers first have to register with the Central Office. Once registered, manufacturers receive their LUCID registration number. The next step is to calculate the planned quantities on an annualized basis for each type of material and to obtain a license from a disposal entity under the dual system.

Dual System Check

Is participation mandatory?

Take the "quick check" test on the Central Office's website to see if you need to participate and register.

Dual System Stakeholders

Who are the key stakeholders under a dual system?

A dual system is connected to virtually all stakeholders in the lifecycle of materials and/or has a direct contractual relationship with them. In addition to the parties placing packaging on the market, the municipalities and the sorting and recycling facilities are the key partners of a dual system. Direct access to sorting and recycling facilities enables participation in interesting cycles.

Advantages of the dual system

What are the advantages of packaging management?

For those placing packaging on the market, assessing recyclability is a very important issue. We can help the environment by designing recycling-friendly packaging. After packaging is disposed of it can be collected, sorted, and recycled. A new product can then be made from the old packaging. 

Dual System Cycle

How did we get here?

We are a young, dynamic dual system. Thanks to many years of experience at the PreZero Group in the waste management industry, we have learned that a dual system is the starting and turning point for implementing recycling concepts. That was one of the decisive reasons for setting up our own dual system. Were already well on the way to implementing our recycling concepts. We’d be delighted to accompany you on the path. Become our partner and we’ll shape innovative loops together for a cleaner tomorrow.

PreZero Dual value proposition

Our promise to you

In addition to legally compliant packaging licensing, we develop customer-specific, individual solutions along the entire value chain. We also deliver streamlined processes and a sustainable product and service portfolio for you. Focusing on sustainability, we work together with you on recycling concepts to save resources sustainably.

You can find our sustainable product and service portfolio here

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Packaging Management

Bringing recyclable packaging to market with PreZero Dual

From tool-based recyclability assessment to fully customized closed-loop products

Packaging law

Intuitive and simple explanation: Licensed packaging

We have prepared the topic of packaging licensing as simply as possible for you.

Customer portal

Are you our packaging licensing customer?

Here you can conveniently take care of your quantity reports online. You can view historical quantity reports at any time.

Sustainable packaging optimization through individual packaging licensing

Make the “mandatory” packaging licensing a “choice” and use your packaging for ecological differentiation. With PreZero Dual and its dual system, you put your product on the market quickly and in compliance with legal regulations. Our packaging management supports you in developing packaging into sustainable recycling products – ecological and economic competitive advantages included.