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Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine our everyday life without packaging. Be it when buying food or shipping products. But packaging also accumulates as waste and must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. The German Packaging Act (VerpackG) stipulates that manufacturers and retailers who place packaging on the market must apply for a packaging license. In this article, we explain why and how you can apply for a packaging license.

Why do you need to apply for a packaging license?

The Packaging Ordinance and the Packaging Act are intended to ensure that packaging waste in Germany is disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Accordingly, manufacturers and retailers are obliged to have their packaging licensed. This obligation serves to ensure the proper disposal of packaging waste. Violations of the licensing obligation can result in heavy fines.

How do you apply for a packaging license?

To apply for a packaging license, you must first register with a dual system. Dual systems are organizations that take back and recycle packaging. After registering with a dual system, you can apply for a packaging license. Here you must provide information on the type and quantity of packaging that you place on the market. After this information has been checked, you will receive a license, which you must display prominently on your packaging.

Easy licensing with "zmart"

In order to simplify the packaging licensing process for companies and distributors, we offer easy and fast packaging licensing. "Zmart" is a service of the dual system Zentek and offers an easy way to ensure environmentally sound packaging disposal. Licensing is available from as little as €49 per year and covers all types of packaging.

In addition, "zmart" offers further benefits for companies and retailers. For example, you can report your packaging online and receive automatic confirmation. In addition, experienced consultants are available to support you with questions about licensing or disposal.


A packaging license is an important obligation for manufacturers and retailers who place packaging on the market in order to ensure environmentally sound disposal of packaging waste. The provider "zmart" offers a simple and quick way to license packaging and thus make a valuable contribution to environmental protection.