Legal background

Since the early 1990s, Austria has passed numerous laws and directives related to the implementation of the extended producer responsibility concept that regulate the take-back of transport and household packaging introduced to the market, electrical appliances and also batteries. Many of these regulations have been issued at the EU level; some countries have imposed even stricter rules through individual national ordinances.

Collection and recycling targets must be reached for packaging, old electrical appliances or batteries introduced to the market, and the respective licensing and recycling fees have to be paid in advance.

In Austria, the Austrian Waste Management Act, including all directives that are based on it, is the legal foundation that obliges companies to take back and recycle packaging or to participate in a collection and recycling system. The following directives are of particular relevance:


good waste austria GmbH deals with all aspects of packaging licensing for its customers in Austria and all European markets; we provide comprehensive and reliable advice and services. Whether household or commercial packaging or small volumes only, good waste austria GmbH licenses them for you according to the requirements of the Austrian Waste Management Act, the packaging classification regulations and the Packaging Ordinance.

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