...how to properly dispose of your empty medicine packaging?

...how to properly dispose of your empty medicine packaging?

The sun is finally making an appearance again and the cold season is over. But where to put the empty medicine packaging? Cough syrup, fever suppositories or cold ointments come in a wide variety of packaging, all of which need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. It is always important to remember that medicine packaging may only be disposed of when it is completely empty.

Blister or push-through packaging
Medicines in the form of tablets, capsules or similar are often shrink-wrapped in so-called blister packaging. These packages made of plastic and aluminium foil belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. This also applies to plastic medicine cans.

Ointment tubes
Ointments, gels and the like are often sold in aluminium tubes. These also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. Do not forget: Unscrew the plastic lid and throw it separately in the packaging waste. If the tubes are made entirely of plastic, they also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag.

Ointment jars
Ointments are also available in jars - for example, when they are mixed in the pharmacy. These jars are usually made of plastic and can be thrown into the yellow bin or the yellow bag.

Pump sprays and spray cans
Pump sprays made of plastic also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. The same applies to spray cans made of aluminium, such as those used for spray plasters. Caution: The spray cans must be completely empty. If there are still residues, they can catch fire or explode.

Pharmaceutical glass containers
Glass containers for medicines - from vials to jars - are disposed of in the glass container, according to the colour in the container for white, brown or green glass.

Outer packaging and package inserts
Cardboard packaging and paper package inserts should be disposed of in the paper container.

You can also find more information on the correct waste separation here.

German Packaging Act amendment 2021 - Important modifications

On 20 January 2021 Germany’s Federal Cabinet approved a new Draft Law transposing the Single Use Plastics Directive (EU Plastics Directive 2019) and the Waste Framework Directive into the Packaging Act. This is intended to bring the Packaging Act into line with the current EU directives and to improve its enforcement. The law is expected to come into force as of 3 July 2021.

Important note: As the legislative process is currently ongoing, changes may still occur until the Law has been adopted.

We have summarised the most important changes for you here.

You can also find more detailed and comprehensive information at www.verpackungsgesetz-info.de.

…that recycling already took place in ancient times?

…that recycling already took place in ancient times?

Archaeologists have proven that metal and glass were collected, melted down and reworked at that time. Scrap metal collectors roamed the streets of ancient cities and collected discarded metals. The recycling of scrap metals and glass is proven by the fact that archaeologists could hardly find any metals or glass in ancient households. It is also known from ancient Rome that thousands of statues made of bronze and copper were not only destroyed by the Christians there, but also melted down and recycled into new things. It is also reported that after the end of the Roman Empire grave robbers searched graves for recyclable material such as glass or metal. Grave robbery took on such proportions that in the years between 500 and 900 A.D., the mining of metal ores declined sharply.

Let's take an example from our ancestors. You can find out how today's waste separation works on the website: www.muelltrennung-wirkt.de. Landbell is part of the initiative of the dual schemes "mülltrennung-wirkt.de”

Landbell Group and DIN CERTCO develop packaging recyclability certificate

Landbell Group and DIN CERTCO develop packaging recyclability certificate

Sustainability has become an important decision-making factor in the packaging industry. Driven by increasing consumer demand for sustainable packaging, retailers and manufacturers need to follow suit. One of the most important elements in this context is recyclability. The overall goal: keeping essential raw materials in the loop and thus protecting the environment.

DIN CERTCO, which is the certification company of the TÜV Rheinland Group, is highly renowned for its independence, neutrality and competence. In cooperation with Landbell Group, DIN CERTCO is developing an independent certificate for the recyclability of packaging.

“Sustainability and circular economy are two of the topics that will heavily influence our lives in the coming decades. Our company is dedicated to contributing to this transformation. We are glad to cooperate with Landbell Group and have them advising us on developing the test standard, so we can ensure that companies have useful guidance for their packaging design,” says Robert Zorn, managing director of DIN CERTCO.

The “DINplus recyclability” certificate can be obtained from DIN CERTCO. The main focus of the certification is the evaluation of the packaging’s recyclability in accordance with paragraph 21 of the German Packaging Law, the DIN EN 13430 standard and other criteria. Companies can apply for certification here and have the recyclability of their packaging assessed and certified by an independent and neutral body.

“Climate change is becoming more and more apparent – and is putting one question at the centre of public debate: How can we use our finite resources more efficiently? Recycling is a crucial factor in closing the loop. We are glad that many manufacturers are increasingly aware of their responsibility and want to have the recyclability of their packaging checked. In this way, they are helping to reduce packaging waste. When we heard that DIN CERTCO was going to develop certification for recyclability, we were happy to support them with our experience and expertise,” says Jan Patrick Schulz, CEO of Landbell Group.

For more information, please contact us here.

Packaging licensing has never been so EASy...

Our Landbell Group EASy-Shop has a new look! For more than 10 years now, we have been offering shop
operators and stationery retailers a transparent and simple online platform for licensing small and medium
packaging quantities - in Germany AND Austria. With over 20,000 active customers, we are one of the largest
online take-back schemes. Customer focus has always been our top priority. That is why we have worked on
making the EASy-Shop even easier for our customers. EASy-Shop allows our customers to concentrate on their
core business and we take care of the rest - 100% legally compliant!

Discover our new EASy-Shop here!

The "new" Landbell EASy-Shop

In August, it`s time for the relaunch of our Landbell Group EASy-Shop – it’s more transparent, more
user-friendly and more EASy! For over 10 years, shop operators and stationery dealers have licensed their
small and medium packaging quantities online in the Landbell Group EASy-Shop. The "new" EASy-Shop
makes it even easier for them. Be curious...





…not everything made of plastic belongs in the plastic bin?

…that not everything made of plastic belongs in the plastic bin? The yellow bin and the yellow bag are containers for packaging. This means: It`s only  for things that used to have something in it – packaging! This includes plastic cups, sausage packaging, tins, cans and toothpaste tubes, but not plastic toys or old plastic buckets.

With our Landbell separation aid, there is no more ambiguity!

... why the yellow bag is so thin?

...why the yellow bag is so thin? The packaging compliance schemes in Germany determine the properties of
the bags. The specifications are based on the mini-maxi principle, which states that as little material as necessary
for as much packaging as possible. After all, the yellow bag is only intended for light packaging waste such as
yoghurt pots, tins and cans, aluminium trays and drinks cartons. It is not for guzzling up heavy waste such as
toys or frying pans, because that’s not packaging. Another advantage of the thin material is that it is transparent!
So waste collection staff can see immediately whether a yellow bag contains the right waste or not.
Want to learn more about the Landbell packaging scheme?

... that a cat does not belong in the yellow bag?

... that a cat does not belong in the yellow bag? A dead cat was found in the packaging waste by staff members
at a sorting plant. Incorrect sorting complicates the sorting process and can even make recycling impossible.
Want to know what belongs in the yellow bag/yellow bin and what doesn’t? Please check muelltrennung-wirkt.de.
Your cat will thank you!

… that separating waste saves CO2?

…that separating waste saves CO2? Recyling is good for the environment. In Germany, the recycling of packaging from yellow bags and yellow bins, and glass, paper/cardboard/carton containers, already saves around 3.1 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This is equivalent to the total annual CO2 emissions of the city of Bonn. By collecting, sorting and recycling sales-packaging, Landbell is making an important contribution. Start separating and learn more about our services here.