Circular Economy needs groundbreaking innovations and processes. A challenge for the whole packaging industry.

2025 seems to be still a long way off. Seven years. However, the Circular Economy Law is underestimated. It will take a huge toll on every single participant in the supply chain if you do not know the real challenge. Innovative processes, smart new materials, disruptive techniques – and much more is required. All that will be necessary. And if the traditional industry does not take on these challenges, others will. If we do not move today, we will abruptly find ourselves in the future.

And then these 7 remaining years will seem like 7 seconds to us. But to face such a huge challenge requires close, open and transparent cooperation along the supply chain. Single and island solutions are not going to be the approbate agent.

In this sense, we invite you all to go with us the way of the future.

The Circular Economy Package (CEP) contains all sorts of legal pitfalls with its demarcation questions, notification and permission requirements, specifications and quotas. For small and medium-sized enterprises, it brings legal challenges in particular. Therefore, anyone wishing to fulfill the comprehensive duties of the CEP needs tailor-made solutions.

The CEP serves the sustainable improvement of environmental and climate protection as well as resource efficiency in waste management. The CEP entered into force on 1 June 2012 and was last amended on 1 June 2017. It is supplemented and concretized by a large number of statutory ordinances: For example, the Waste Catalog Ordinance determines which wastes are hazardous. The Packaging Ordinance regulates the obligation to take back sales packaging that is generated by the private consumer.

The CEP  extended the fine. Under no circumstances should the obligations under the Closed Substance Cycle Act be ignored, since fines of up to € 100,000 can be threatened for various offenses.

Five-level waste hierarchy

At the heart of the Law is a new five-level waste hierarchy designed to ensure that priority is given to the best option from the environmental point of view. According to this, all concrete statutory ordinances based on the CEP Law must first promote waste prevention, followed by these levels in the hierarchy:

  • preparation for reuse
  • recycling
  • energy recovery
  • disposal.

In addition to environmental impacts, technical, economic and social consequences must also be taken into account.

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Improving resource efficiency – enhancing recycling

The CEP envisages an increase in the recycling rate for municipal waste of at least 65% by 2020 (for paper, metal, plastic and glass) and a recycling rate of at least 70% for construction and demolition waste. In addition to the already general separation obligations for glass, paper, metals and plastics, since January 1, 2015, a separate obligation to hold biowaste (bio bin) applies.

Commercial collections of private waste disposal companies

Commercial collections of private waste disposal companies must not “jeopardize” the functioning of the public waste disposal carriers under the new Circular Economy Act and also do not significantly impair their planning reliability and organizational responsibility. With the new CEP municipalities would therefore have the right to prohibit collections of private companies in order to carry them out themselves.


Decisive for the transport of waste is the hazard potential of the waste. The transport of non-hazardous waste must always be reported, and hazardous waste is subject to a permit.

The 12th International Label Conference offers answers and pragmatic approaches to be fit for 2025 in the coming years.

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