Digital marketplaces are legally obliged to check their customers’ EPR compliance in Germany from 1 July 2022.

Become EPR compliant in 3 steps

EPR compliance for manufacturers and producers simply and quickly.

If you are a producer subject to EPR requirements, you need to be EPR compliant. Follow our easy and quick walkthrough in three steps and we make you EPR (extended producer responsibility) compliant.

  • 1. Choose category
  • 2. Choose country
  • 3. Find partner

Please select the category in which your product belongs

There are different EPR requirements for different product categories. If you sell different product categories, you need to complete this walkthrough for every product so we can give you the best recommendations.

Please select the country in which you sell your product

EPR Compliance depend on the country in which a producer sells its product. If you sell in different countries, you need to complete this walkthrough for every country so we can give you the best recommendations.

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We have answered the most important questions about the EPR (Extendend Producer Responsibility) for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form.

Frequently asked questions about EPR Compliance

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy that obligates the party first introducing a product subject to EPR requirements to a market of the respective country, to take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of said product. This includes the disposal and recycling of the product. The goal of EPR is to mitigate the environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire life cycle.

The party who first places a product subject to EPR requirements in a country. A party can be considered to be a Producer if any of the following criteria applies:

  • The party who manufactures a product subject to EPR requirements in the country, or/and
  • The party who imports a product subject to EPR requirements into the country, or/and
  • The party who sells a product subject to EPR requirements in the country and is not established in that country.

All of the points above depend on the respective country’s regulations. This information is not legally binding.

There are different regulations in each country. To determine if your product is subject to EPR requirements in the respective country you are introducing your product in, follow the quick and easy steps. The following lists contains an overview of the main categories of products in the scope of EPR obligations regardless of specific country regulations. New categories can always be added in different countries. Therefore the following list is not complete.

  • Packaging
  • Non packaging product (plastics, glas, paper, cardboard)
  • Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE)
  • Batteries
  • Furniture
  • Tires
  • Paper
  • Textile
  • Chemicals
  • Medical Piercing Equipment for Auto-treatment
  • Mattresses

A Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) is a professional organisation that takes over the responsibilities of an obligated party subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The PRO manages the collection and recycling of products subject to EPR requirements on behalf of the obligated producers.

If you are a Producer of products in the scope of EPR requirements, you need to follow these high-level instructions to be EPR compliant. Please bear in mind that there are different regulations in each country. To determine the correct steps in your personal situation, follow the quick and easy steps on this website.

1. Licence your product and report to PRO
In some countries you need to licence your product subject to EPR requirements to a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) responsible in the respective country. Therefore you must declare your sales (of products covered by the different EPR categories) to the respective Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) for the applicable reporting period.

2. Register with the respective authority
In some countries you need to register with the respective authority in the country you are introducing your product to. For example in Germany the authority for packaging products would be the „Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (ZSVR)“ and its packaging register „LUCID“. In France the authority would be „ADEME – The French Agency for Ecological Transition“.
You will then obtain the EPR registration number(s) needed to prove compliance with EPR requirements, which you need to communicate to Electronic Marketplaces as proof of compliance in order to continue selling your products on these marketplaces.

3. Pay eco-contributions to your PRO
In some countries you need to pay eco-contributions to the PRO you licensed your product with. The PRO will then take responsibility for the collection and recycling of your product.

In many countries, manufacturers or producers of products subject to EPR guidelines are fined if they cannot prove their EPR compliance.

In many countries, electronic marketplaces are required by law to ensure EPR compliance of online retailers offering products on the respective marketplaces. In these cases, if the respective online merchants cannot demonstrate their EPR compliance, then they may be prohibited from continuing to use the respective marketplaces to sell products that are subject to EPR regulations.

In France and in Germany starting in 2022, Electronic Marketplaces like Amazon, AliExpress, Ebay, Zalando and others will be legally obliged to confirm that their sellers are EPR compliant in the country they sell. If you sell your products on Electronic Marketplaces in Germany and can not prove your EPR compliance to said Marketplaces, they will be legally obliged to suspend your non-compliant listings under EPR product categories.

To analyze your personal situation in more detail, we recommend that you contact the Producer Responsibility Organization responsible in each case.

An authorized representative is a natural or legal person who assumes EPR obligations in a country on behalf of, among others, a company that does not have a registered office in the country served but distributes goods (packaging, disposable plastic products, fishing gear or vehicles) to private end users or goods (WEEE, batteries) to private or commercial end users.

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