Recycling and take-back

Use instead of consumption - the principle of the circular economy

Metal packaging is particularly easy to recycle and process into new products. This is how today's can becomes tomorrow's car body or the day after tomorrow's canister. Once the raw materials have been used, they continue to be used in a perfect cycle and are not lost.

Our metal products can be easily separated from other materials in sorting plants around the world using magnets. Since our cans consist of almost a single material, they can be pressed together with other cans to form unmixed scrap cubes. The scrap cubes are melted down and processed back into raw steel in the steelworks.

Recycling one ton of metal packaging saves more than two tons of raw materials. Energy consumption can be reduced by up to 95 percent.

Incidentally, the recycling process can be repeated as often as you like for all metal packaging, because steel retains its material properties even if it is reused multiple times. However, the more steel is recycled, the smaller its ecological footprint becomes. Today, of all the steel ever made, 80% is still in circulation.


Metal recycles forever

In order to communicate this important property of metal, the European Packaging Association (MPE) designed a logo to make this clear. Since the beginning of 2015, filling goods manufacturers have been able to put the new recycling logo on their metal product packaging.

You can find more about the logo here:


Incidentally, metal packaging has long since met the targets of the European Packaging Directive. The recycling rate of packaging steel in Germany is 91.4%.


The German packaging law

The Packaging Act (VerpackG) defines the requirements for product responsibility for packaging. In order to reduce the environmental impact of packaging waste, the law aims to ensure that packaging waste is avoided and, moreover, prepared for reuse or recycling.

For this purpose, the VerpackG obliges anyone who places the packaging on the market in Germany for the first time (referred to as the manufacturer in the VerpackG) to take back the used packaging and to recycle it, whereby the VerpackG has structured these obligations differently depending on the packaging. Specifically, there are two different types of packaging.

According to § 3 Para. 8 VerpackG, packaging that is subject to system participation is sales and outer packaging filled with goods that typically accumulates as waste after use by private end consumers. Among other things, these must be licensed in the dual systems and also registered in the packaging register. If you would like more information on this or if we can support you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Packaging that is not subject to system participation must also be registered, among other things, and is subject to a take-back obligation. This includes, for example, transport packaging, sales and outer packaging that is not used by private end users, or sales packaging for goods containing hazardous substances. The take-back obligation can be implemented using industrial take-back solutions. 

Return of transport packaging

Information about the possibility of returning packaging according to § 15 VerpackG
According to the VerpackG, we are obliged to take back the transport packaging with which we deliver our products to you. Incidentally, there is an obligation to take back packaging, but no obligation to return it, i. H. the use of the take-back facilities is voluntary for our customers. In any case, the waste owner is responsible for the correctness of the chosen disposal method.

For industrial and commercial packaging, every manufacturer and distributor can meet his obligation himself or through a third party commissioned; the legislator does not allow dual systems here. Blechwarenfabrik Limburg has decided to commission third parties. The transport packaging will be taken back by us if it is used, empty packaging of the same type, shape and size that we use for shipping. While this has to be done free of charge for private households, bearing the costs and place of handover can be freely agreed in industry and trade.

Please contact your responsible office employee.

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