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About deposit clearing

The German deposit system:

Since 1 January 2003, single-use drink containers sold in Germany have been subject to a deposit. The system covers drinks such as

  • Beer (including mixed beer drinks)
  • Mineral water (carbonated and uncarbonated)
  • Carbonated soft drinks

Since 1 May 2006, retailers of drinks in single-use packaging have been subject to comprehensive responsibilities relating to the return of packaging. Every retailer must accept all single-use packing of the material types used to package drinks in the range they sell.

In order to meet their deposit responsibilities, the German retail and drink industries established DPG (Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH) in 2005. DPG provides the legal and organisational framework for deposit clearing between companies involved in the system.


Links to additional information about the topic:


You can find more information about deposit obligations on the Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH website:

You can find legal information about the Ordinance on the Reduction and Recycling of Packaging Waste (Verpackungsverordnung – VerpackV) on the Federal Ministry of Justice website: