Apply for EPR registration

  • We identify the products requiring an EPR registration number across various categories
  • We obtain all necessary permits, regardless of your company’s location
  • We thoroughly review your environmental compliance and ensure that you adhere to all regulations

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental legal principle that holds manufacturers responsible for the entire lifecycle of the products they introduce to the market. The business owner is responsible for their product from the design phase to the point where the item becomes worn out and turns into recyclable waste. This means they should strive to minimize the environmental impact of their product at every stage of operation.

Major online retailers like Amazon have already announced an increased focus on verifying the EPR Registration Number. The EPR Registration Number should be provided on the product itself, as an insert, or on a website. You can demonstrate your compliance with extended producer responsibility by forwarding your supplier’s EPR Registration Number to the relevant online marketplaces.

You can demonstrate compliance with Extended Producer Responsibility by forwarding your supplier’s EPR registration number to the relevant online marketplaces.

By the way: The EPR Registration Number for packaging corresponds to the LUCID Registration Number. For electrical appliances and batteries, the EPR Registration Number is identical to the respective registration number with the EAR Foundation.

To ensure that you, as the entity putting a product on the market, do not encounter unforeseen challenges regarding the EPR Registration Number, we, at Deutsche Recycling Service GmbH, provide extensive guidance on what you need to consider.

Who needs to apply for an EPR registration number?

As a manufacturer, if you are introducing a product subject to EPR requirements for the first time, you need an EPR Registration Number.

The regulations apply to anyone who:

  • manufactures a product subject to EPR requirements in that country
  • imports a product falling under EPR provisions into another country
  • sells a product of a specific category described in the EU regulation in a country where EPR is in force
  • sells products via the internet

EPR: What requirements must I meet to offer my product on online marketplaces?

If you are a manufacturer of a product subject to EPR requirements, you must apply for and publish an EPR Registration Number for each online shop. If you offer your product in a brick-and-mortar store, you should provide the number on your invoices or purchase contracts.

If you are not a manufacturer but sell products subject to EPR requirements, you must obtain the necessary information, such as the EPR Registration Number, from your supplier and publish it as proof of compliance with environmental regulations.

If, for any reason, you are unable to obtain an EPR Registration Number from your supplier, you must register the product yourself and submit it to the appropriate authorities.

Professional Support for Foreign Manufacturers in the German Market

Our company supports foreign manufacturers operating in the German market in registering their products in the EAR system and fulfilling all EPR regulation requirements. With us, you can quickly and securely obtain your EPR Registration Number.

As part of the services offered:

  • We identify the products requiring an EPR registration number across various categories.
  • If your company is based in another country, we obtain all necessary permits for you.
  • We verify if your company complies with environmental regulations.
  • We also ensure comprehensive environmental compliance beyond your EPR registration number.

EPR Registration Number for Amazon

Many online retailers and Amazon sellers have not fulfilled their EPR obligations, prompting Germany and France to assign Amazon the responsibility for monitoring EPRs in their markets. Amazon has announced that from 2022, it will block sellers in Germany and France who are not EPR-compliant. As proof, Amazon requires an EPR Registration Number.

However, what would happen if you were to purchase from a domestic wholesaler instead of importing and manufacturing your own products? In this case, the wholesaler must have already completed the registration. You can then demonstrate EPR compliance by providing Amazon with the EPR Registration Number of your supplier. Even if you have not received proof from your supplier, you must still take action and license your product.

Do I need to re-register my product for EPR?

If you have been selling in Germany for several years, your product most likely already has an EPR Registration Number, depending on the product category:

  • For electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), you need a WEEE registration number.
  • Batteries and accumulators require their own battery registration number.
  • Packaging manufacturers obtain their EPR registration number through the LUCID system managed by the Central Packaging Registration Authority.

Major online platforms such as Amazon and eBay often require their customers to provide an EPR registration number. Utilize our assistance to register your products in Germany and ensure access to these marketplaces. In addition to EPR registration, we also support other areas such as waste management and recycling. Contact our competent, multilingual team to focus on your core business while we help you take care of the rest!

FAQs on the EPR Registration Number

Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the EPR Registration Number. Any uncertainties and concerns regarding the EPR Registration Number should be clarified here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us directly

What is the EPR Registration Number?

The EPR Registration Number is a specific and unique identification code that companies receive when registering their products under extended producer responsibility laws. This number serves as evidence that the respective company has taken all necessary steps to ensure proper disposal or recycling of its products at the end of their life cycle. It is a crucial requirement for companies to fulfill their environmental obligations.

What does the abbreviation "EPR" stand for in EPR Registration Number?

“EPR” stands for “Extended Producer Responsibility,” which translates to “Erweiterte Produktverantwortung” in German. This concept shifts the responsibility for the disposal and recycling of products from the consumer to the manufacturer. The goal is to strengthen the production of more environmentally friendly products in companies and ensure proper disposal.

Why is the EPR Registration Number relevant for companies?

The EPR Registration Number is not only a legal obligation but also a sign of responsible entrepreneurship. It ensures that companies fulfill their environmental responsibilities. The absence of a valid EPR Registration Number can lead to penalties, legal issues, and potentially damage a company’s reputation.

How can I find or verify my EPR Registration Number?

If you already have an EPR Registration Number, it should be noted on official documents or confirmation letters from the relevant authority. Alternatively, you can visit the website of the relevant regulatory authority or organization. Often, there are search functions or databases where EPR Registration Numbers can be checked. If you have uncertainties, reach out to a competent partner such as Deutsche Recycling GmbH.

What costs are associated with an EPR registration number?

The costs associated with the EPR registration number can vary depending on the region, type of product, and company size. Costs may include a one-time registration fee, annual administrative fees, as well as contributions for recycling or disposal. It is important to contact the relevant authority to inquire about the exact cost structures and potential fees.

For which product categories or types do I need an EPR registration number?

An EPR registration number is required for product categories that have specific environmental impacts. Common categories include electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, and packaging. The exact requirements vary depending on the country or region where the products are intended to be distributed.