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Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (ZSVR)

The German authorities actively promote strategies to tighten control over waste management and transition towards more environmentally responsible consumption. A crucial mechanism for implementing these strategies is the Packaging Act, which came into effect in 2019. One of its key requirements is the mandatory registration in the Packaging Register LUCID.

Initially, the law applied only to packaging participating in the system. However, starting from 2022, its scope was expanded to cover all types of packaging placed on the German market for commercial purposes. A substantial fine of up to 200,000 euros is stipulated for refusing to provide information about packaging. In our article, we provide you with a step-by-step guide to help you obtain a unique LUCID number and avoid unpleasant financial consequences for your business.

1. What is the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR)?

The Central Agency Packaging Register was established in the middle of 2017 as a private foundation with the aim of coordinating and regulating information about packaging in the German market. During that period, it operated as an independent structure and was funded by industry companies obligated to participate in the waste management system.

Since 2019, ZSVR has become a governmental authority in accordance with the Packaging Act. These changes have transferred governmental functions to it, including the supervision and collection of information about packaging manufacturers, the volumes of materials used, and obligations regarding waste disposal and recycling.

The main task of the ZSVR is to oversee the registration of companies placing their packaging on the German market. This includes manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers using or producing packaging materials. The activities of the Central Packaging Registry are monitored by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA).

1.1 What powers does the Central Agency Packaging Register have?

The powers of the ZSVR are outlined in § 26 of the Packaging Act. According to the provisions of this section, the authority carries out the following tasks:

  • Maintenance of the packaging register: LUCID is a centralized database where all packaging materials placed on the German market are registered. The ZSVR oversees their registration and controls the accuracy and completeness of the information stored in the register.
  • Registration of packaging manufacturers: The ZSVR monitors the process of registration and licensing of manufacturers of packaging materials. Companies supplying packaging to the German market are required to register with the ZSVR and provide essential information about the types and quantities of packaging they produce.
  • Verification of reports from dual systems and manufacturers: The ZSVR conducts systematic checks of reports from dual systems and packaging manufacturers. This includes ensuring that the information presented in the reports complies with established standards and legal requirements.
  • Calculation of market share of dual systems and industry solutions: The ZSVR performs calculations of the market share for dual systems and industry-specific solutions in the field of packaging management. These calculations provide information about the contribution of each system to the overall waste management structure.
  • Analysis of consumption volumes and development of guidelines: The ZSVR conducts a review of industry-specific solutions, records of volume flows, recycling quotas, and testing guidelines. This ensures compliance with industry practices in line with legal requirements and contributes to the development of effective waste management strategies.

2. What Is the Packaging Register LUCID?

LUCID (Clear and Uniform Collection Point for Packaging Data) is a publicly accessible database created by the Central Agency Packaging Register in accordance with the requirements of the Packaging Act. It was established to facilitate the registration and tracking of packaging materials entering the German market.

The main objective of LUCID is to ensure compliance with legal requirements related to packaging materials. It enables companies to demonstrate their commitment to responsible packaging within clear and transparent guidelines.

Why is this important?

  • LUCID registration obligates manufacturers of packaging materials to register their products and provide detailed information about the types, quantities, and other relevant properties of the packaging. This database allows stakeholders to access accurate and up-to-date information on registered packaging materials.
  • The Packaging Register enables authorities, competitors, and environmental organizations to verify whether specific packaging suppliers are complying with their licensing obligations. This function contributes to promoting fair competition practices and strengthens trust within the industry.

3. How Can One Register in the LUCID Packaging Register?

The registration in the LUCID Packaging Register is a systematic and crucial process for companies placing packaging on the German market. There are no fees for registration; however, it should be noted that costs may be incurred for obtaining a license from a Dual System.

The registration process involves several key steps to ensure transparency, accountability, and compliance with ecological standards. Below, we have provided a step-by-step description of this process:

3.1 Create a user account

Initiate the process by accessing the ZSVR online platform and initiating the registration. Provide basic contact information and create login credentials for accessing the system. An activation link will be sent to the email address provided during registration. By clicking on this link, you can log in and complete the registration.

3.2 Provide information about your company

After gaining access to the system, you need to provide all the necessary information about your business activities. This includes the following details:

  • Business address
  • Phone number
  • Tax identification number
  • Registration number of your company
  • Additional information (regions where you operate, distribution channels used, etc.)

Ensure that all the provided information is accurate and comprehensive to fulfill the registration requirements effectively.

3.3 Provide packaging data

Provide information about the packaging materials you use. The system will prompt you to choose one of the following categories:

  • Packaging that must participate in the system
  • Packaging that does not have to participate in the system

To determine which category your packaging belongs to, you can refer to the catalog of participation requirements in the system.

3.4 Provide the brand names

If your company operates under specific brands, provide this information during the registration process. Clearly define the brands and associate them with the corresponding packagi