As of now, these companies also have to register with LUCID and contribute to a dual system. Legislators thus strive to create more transparency and fairness in competition. "Many mail order businesses have been ignoring the fact that they have to pay for their packaging to be recycled. The new mandatory registration increases the pressure on them to take responsibility for their products", says Rachut. Aside from this, electronic marketplaces now have to make sure that online sellers marketing their wares through the platform conform to legal requirements. If they do not, they must be banned from accessing the platform. Likewise, companies issuing pizza boxes, coffee-to-go cups, bakery bags, plastic wrap and any other packaging that is filled with goods either at the point of sale on-site or in markets, have to register with LUCID.
These measures taken by the German Federal Republic are just one example of how the international community is trying to preserve raw materials and to gradually liberate the environment from unnecessary and packaging waste that could actually be recycled. For example, on their website, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) offers a clear and informative brochure on the recycling plans of more than 20 countries – and more are to follow.
With the amendment of the Packaging Act, the German Federal Government and the Central Agency Packaging Register have taken another step towards comprehensive raw material circulation for packaging. Of course, the registration process does mean an increase in work that should not be underestimated for many companies – especially for companies that are still unfamiliar with the laws and legislation for packaging in Germany. The actual registration process, however, does not take nearly as long as the bureaucratic character of the process might imply. To help, the entire website of the Central Agency Packaging Register is available in English.