Frequently asked questions

When am I required to accept single-use packaging?

Since 1 May 2006, all retailers that sell drinks in single-use packaging that are subject to deposit are required to accept all single-use packages of the material types used to package drinks in the range they sell. An exception is made for shops with less than 200 square metres of retail space.


How can manufacturers take part in the DPG system?

By concluding a contract with a deposit clearing service provider such as CCR Clearing and registering as a manufacturer with DPG (Deutsche Pfandclearing GmbH).


How can retailers (that accept returns) take part in the DPG system?

In the same way as originators (manufacturers). However, there is no need to register with DPG (Deutsche Pfandclearing GmbH).


What do importers have to consider?

According to the Ordinance on the Reduction and Recycling of Packaging Waste (Verpackungsverordnung – VerpackV), importers are obliged to charge deposits. You can find more information here.


What happens to deposits paid for packaging that is not returned?

They remain in the deposit account until the three-year processing deadline, after which the product is deleted from the central DPG database.


Can single-use bottles and cans be labelled for deposit clearing after production?

Yes, so-called DPG post labels (DPG-Nachlabel) are available from CCR Clearing or directly from authorised printers. The labels are self-adhesive and show the deposit symbol along with a GTIN bar code. They are placed over the existing bar code.


I am already a CCR customer and would like to organise a collection. What should I do?

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What is DPG?

Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH (DPG) provides the legal and organisational framework for returns and deposit clearing for single-use drink packaging that is subject to a deposit. (


What is an originator?

Originators are companies that introduce DPG packaging to the German market (particularly bottlers and importers). Originators can also be retail brands.


What is a claimant?

A claimant (Forderungssteller – FOS) is anyone who claims deposits from a deposit-account holder in their own name.


What is a deposit account?

A deposit account is an account in which deposits for DPG packaging currently in circulation are held for DPG-system claimants.


What is a deposit account holder?

A deposit account holder is anyone who holds a deposit account and receives deposit claims.


What is a company that accepts returns?

Companies that accept returns are firms that manage the return of DPG packaging on their own behalf or for associated companies via counting centres or automated return systems.


What is a deposit obligation?

Since 1 January 2003, deposit obligations have applied in Germany to single-use packaging for drinks that have traditionally also been available in reusable bottles. The German system is sometimes known as the drink-can deposit system (Dosenpfand). However, the official designation is the single-use deposit system (Einwegpfand). Until 30 April 2006, various deposit systems existed in Germany, with the result that it was only possible to return certain packaging to certain retailers. Since 1 May 2006, all retailers that sell drinks in single-use packaging that is subject to a deposit have been required to accept the single-use packing of the respective material types. An exception is made for shops with less than 200 square metres of retail space. (

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What is a deposit account service provider?

A deposit account service provider (Pfandkontoführerdienstleister – PKDL) is a DPG-certified service provider used by deposit account holders for the technical management of deposits, including the maintenance of an interface to the central DPG database. The deposit account service provider assists the deposit account holder in accordance with Sec. 278 of the German Civil Code (BGB).