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.