The Extended Producer Responsibility – EPR

What does EPR mean?

The abbreviation EPR means „Extended Producer Responsibility“. It is about the manufacturer being responsible for his product - starting from the design to the take-back and a proper disposal. The goal is to keep the environmental impact as low as possible throughout the entire product life cycle.

Who is affected by the EPR registration obligation?

You are considered an EPR-registered manufacturer if you:

  • manufacture a product that is covered by the EPR regulations in the relevant country, or
  • import a product that is covered by the EPR regulations in the relevant country, or
  • sell a product that is covered by the EPR regulations in the relevant country and you are not established in that country.

NOTE: Even if you are not a manufacturer but still sell products that fall under the EPR regulations, you must request the EPR registration number from the upstream supplier. If you do not receive it, you have to register yourself in order to be able to resell the respective products.

Which products are covered by the EPR regulations in Germany?

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE)
  • Batteries and Accumulators
  • Packaging

What is meant by EPR registration number?

The EPR registration number means one of the existing registration numbers with one of the official EPR organisations. In Germany, the following registration numbers are valid as EPR proof of conformity:

WEEE Registration number for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE)

Example: WEEE Reg No DE XXXXXXXX 

Legal Background: ElektroG

Registration organisation: Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (stiftung ear)

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Battery Registration number for Batteries & Accumulators

Example: BattG-Reg.-Nr.: DE XXXXXXXX

Legal Background: BattG

Registration organisation: Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (stiftung ear)

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Registration number for all kinds of packaging

Legal Background: VerpackG

Registration organisation: Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (LUCID)

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