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Legally compliant packaging licensing throughout Europe

Compliance requirements for all countries

Do you export your products to other European countries? Then you are obliged under the EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC to licence your packaging in the individual countries. Interzero Recycling Alliance will handle the entire European packaging licence process for you.

Your advantages with Interzero

  • Free compliance check

  • Assignment of authorised representatives

  • Comprehensive advice

  • Handling of all contractual matters

  • Quantity reports in due time

  • Europe-wide compliance

What does the EU Packaging Directive regulate?

The Packaging Directive contains regulations on the European packaging licence. In terms of extended producer responsibility, it contains requirements for the collection, sorting and recycling of packaging to maintain the circular economy. However, the handling of the EU Packaging Directive varies greatly from country to country. There is no central point of contact and in some cases there are no translations of important information.

Let us advise you to familiarise yourself with the national requirements and receive recommendations for action.

We take over for you:

  • Analysis

    The analysis and evaluation of the obligations based on your data provided

  • Selection

    The selection of the appropriate country licensing and take-back system based on your quantities placed on the market, including notification, registration and annual updates

  • Handling

    The handling of the entire contract management and the corresponding correspondence with the foreign systems

  • Implementation

    The implementation of the legally required, timely quantity reports and further reporting

  • Identification

    The identification of open issues and developing measures to maintain your compliance

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Your advantages with Europe-wide packaging licensing

We are your experts when it comes to EU packaging licences. We take care of contract management, reporting of packaging quantities, correspondence and invoice verification for up to 30 countries. We also advise you on packaging labelling and keep you up to date on changes to licensing obligations so that you are fully protected against sanctions.


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Take advantage of our experience and Europe-wide network

1 Analysis

Determine your obligations and select the appropriate foreign licensing and take-back system based on the data you provide and quantities placed on the market.

2 Processing

Handling of the entire contract management and associated correspondence with the foreign systems, including execution of the legally prescribed, timely quantity reports and further reporting.

3 Compliance Service

The identification of open issues and the development of measures to maintain your compliance.

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Frequently asked questions about European packaging licensing

  • What does the announced EU packaging regulation PPWR contain?

    At the end of November 2022, the EU presented the draft Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation - PPWR - which regulates the rules for packaging and its disposal in the member states of the European Union. The EU Packaging Regulation is binding for companies based in an EU country as well as companies importing packaging into the EU and applies to both domestic and imported products. Read the most important facts about the PPWR here.

  • Must packaging be licensed in Europe according to the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR)?

    As an “initial distributor” (or importer) in the respective country, the national packaging laws and regulations for that country will require you to participate in a system that handles the correct collection, sorting and recycling of your packaging. All of your quantities must be registered and licensed accordingly. 

  • How are the licensing fees calculated in each country?

    The fees for packaging licensing differ from country to country, and are primarily based on the type of packaging (domestic or commercial packaging) and the quantity of packaging to be licensed. The price also reflects the type of material involved: paper, paperboard and cardboard (PPC) is much less expensive than plastic per kg, for example.

  • Is there a minimum quantity rule for licensing?

    Practice differs from country to country in Europe. Some countries do apply quantity thresholds or other kinds of de minimis limits and requirements. As a result, you may be partially or wholly exempt from licensing if you do not exceed the quantity threshold or meet the requirements.

  • Is there a uniform labelling requirement for packaging in Europe?

    So far, four European countries have passed legislation requiring packaging labelling: Typically, labelling legislation only affects packaging that is supplied to private consumers. One exception is Italy, where packaging supplied to commercial consumers must also be labelled in accordance with legal requirements. 

    Bulgaria: The use of Mobius loop and the so-called "tidy man" is voluntary, the indication of the alphanumeric code is mandatory

    France: Triman logo consisting of the “Triman”, the packaging and disposal pictogram

    Italy: Mobius loop with alphanumeric code and the “tidy man” Packaging destined for private households (B2C) must be labelled with information about separate waste collection provided in Italian.

    Romania: The indication of the alphanumeric code is mandatory. It needs to be applied directly to the packaging (+ add. packaging parts) or the label and must be visible, readable and permanent even when the packaging has been opened.

    We will be happy to advise you in detail on your corresponding labelling duties and discuss how your packaging should be printed to ensure compliance.

  • For which country do I need an authorised representative?

    In Portugal, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria, companies without a registered office in these countries need to appoint an authorised representative tasked with taking care of their licensing obligations. We can also handle the appointment of your authorised representative.

  • Why do marketplaces in France and Austria require an EPR number from their sellers and what role does the verification requirement play?

    In France and Austria, marketplaces such as Amazon are subject to certain legal requirements that make increased verification of sellers necessary. The EPR number plays a central role in this. This number serves as proof that the seller fulfils their legal obligations with regard to recycling and environmental protection.

    The obligation to provide evidence aims to ensure that products are properly recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. By verifying the EPR number, marketplaces ensure that their sellers comply with environmental regulations and thus promote sustainable trade.

    For online retailers, this means that they must prove their environmental responsibility in order to be active on these marketplaces. The EPR number is therefore not only a regulatory requirement, but also a tool to raise awareness of environmental protection in e-commerce.

  • Why the plastic tax is not a tax?

    Strictly speaking, it is not a tax, but a method of calculating contributions from the member states. Countries that produce a lot of packaging waste have to pay more than those that produce less non-recycled plastic.

  • Why is there a plastic tax?

    By taxing non-recycled plastic, the aim is to incentivise people to use less plastic and switch to more sustainable alternatives. 

  • In which countries are manufacturers and retailers obliged to pay the plastic tax?

    So far, the UK, Spain and Portugal have introduced the plastic tax and are therefore obliging companies to pay the tax.

  • Which countries are planning to introduce a plastic tax?

    Germany and Italy have announced their intention to introduce a plastic tax. In Germany, it was planned that the tax would have to be paid by manufacturers and importers from 2024. However, the introduction has been postponed until 1 January 2025 earliest. Italy was already planning to introduce the plastic tax in 2023, but has postponed it indefinitely.

Our experts for Europe-wide packaging licensing
Felix Mynarek
Felix Mynarek

Head of Sales EPR Solutions

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The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation PPWR

Background and important key facts about the Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation