Green Light for more Recycling

German Packaging Act for more fairness in the dual system
It still looks likely that the new German Packaging Act (VerpackG) will become law before the German general election in September 2017. The key elements of the draft bill are significantly higher recycling quotas and the establishment of a central government agency tasked with ensuring a more adequate allocation of costs within the dual system. The participation fees, moreover, are to be fixed using ecological criteria. In a first reading, the Upper House of the German parliament raised only a few objections to the draft bill for the Packaging Act, presented by Federal Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks (Social Democrats). In March, the Lower House debated the draft bill, which is scheduled to be presented to the Upper House again at the end of April. “We will continue to press for the Packaging Act to be passed as quickly as possible,” says Michael Wiener, CEO of Duales System Holding.

Lightweight packages from the Yellow Sack are nowadays sorted automatically. Higher recycling targets encourage investment in state-of-the-art technology.

The EU’s closed-cycle economy package is taking shape