Alibaba requires sellers to include Germany’s EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) in the dual recycling system to ensure that sellers fulfill their producer responsibilities

Alibaba mandates German EPR in its recycling system to ensure seller compliance

In order to better ensure compliance with EPR for products on Alibaba International Station, Alibaba International Station released the “Requirements for Compliance with Germany’s Packaging EPR to Join the Dual Recycling System and Collect Recycling Vouchers” on May 29, 2023. Users can better understand the compliance requirements for German EPR packaging regulations through this introduction, and correctly submit the vouchers for joining the dual recycling system and completing the declaration and payment to the platform. The original announcement is as follows:

What is Germany’s EPR?

EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibility.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy requirement of the European Union. It is mainly based on the “polluter pays” principle, requiring producers to reduce the environmental impact of their products throughout the entire life cycle of the products. They are responsible for their products from production design to waste management and disposal. Overall, EPR aims to improve environmental quality by preventing and reducing the impact of product packaging and packaging waste, electronic products, and batteries on the environment.

For example, the EU WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive and Germany’s Electrical Appliance Act, Packaging Act, and Battery Act are all legislative practices of this system in the EU and Germany.

What does Alibaba International Station require sellers to do to join the dual recycling system for German EPR?

German EPR includes WEEE, Battery Act, and Packaging Act.


WEEE refers to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2012/19/EU). As long as sellers sell electronic and electrical equipment to Germany on cross-border platforms, they are responsible for completing WEEE registration obligations and fulfilling subsequent waste recycling responsibilities.

Example of Certification:

Battery Law

The German Battery Law (BattG) converts European Directive 2006/66/EC into national law, and stipulates the recycling treatment of batteries and accumulators. This means that if a seller wants to sell batteries, accumulators, and other products in the German market, they must recycle the batteries that have been sold.

▲This battery law applies to all types of batteries, regardless of their shape, size, weight, material, or purpose. In addition to registering for the battery law, the battery recycling logo must be printed on the packaging of the product or goods.

Example of Certification:

Packaging Law

The German Packaging Law: Verpackungsgesetz, also known as VerpackG, is a mandatory EU law. The new German Packaging Law (VerpackG) came into effect in 2019. This regulation is based on the latest revision of the “EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive”. The regulation requires merchants to register for the packaging law and declare the packaging materials, types, and weights of their pre-sale products. Otherwise, your products will not be able to enter or be sold in Germany.

Example of Certification:

Who needs to implement this directive on the platform, and how to operate it?

See the picture below for details.

About the German Packaging EPR Dual Recycling System and uploading recycling vouchers:

German Packaging Law Compliance Steps

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