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08/2021 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable packaging quota 2019
In 2019, 41.8 % of beverages subject to a mandatory deposit consumed in Germany were filled in reusable packaging. This quota is 0.6 percentage points higher compared to the previous year. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency. Key results can be found in our publication Reusable packaging quota 2019.

05/2021 Closed loop for beverage cans
Beverage cans enjoy great popularity. 4,5 billion pieces were put on the German market in 2019. Their recycling quota is extraordinarily high: 99,3 % of aluminum cans and 99,7 % of tin plate cans were recycled. Beverage cans account for only an almost negligible 0,03 % of the overall littered waste.
These are the results of a new study conducted by GVM on behalf of DAVR GmbH, Forum Getränkedose GbR and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein GmbH. You can find the full report here.

02/2021 Paper instead of plastics?
At the online events “Info Series Circular Economy” by the German Industry Association for Plastic Packaging (IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.) and “VVD meets Freisinger Tage“ by Fraunhofer IVV, GVM presents the results of a new study on the substitution potential of plastic packaging by paper-based composite packaging. The substitution analysis conducted on behalf of IK forecasts how much plastic packaging will be substituted by paper based composite packaging until 2025, explains trends by using demonstrative examples and addresses the consequences of the substitution on recyclability and packaging waste generation.

02/2021 GVM continues to sponsor Biebrich table tennis club
In 2021, the Biebrich table tennis club can continue to count on GVM’s support. “Social cohesion is lived out in local sports clubs,” says GVM managing director Kurt Schüler. “Young people of all backgrounds find guidance and experience community there. As in previous years, we want to support that.”

01/2021 Consumption of plastic carrier bags decreases by 14 % in 2019
The consumption of plastic carrier bags in Germany declined to 1.7 billion pieces in 2019. Compared to 2018, 14 % less plastic carrier bags were being used. In comparison to 2015, the consumption of plastic carrier bags in Germany decreased by 69 %. These are the results of a new study by GVM on behalf of the Handelsverband Deutschland – HDE – e.V. (German Trade Association).
Further data and information on the voluntary self-commitment of German retailers can be found at http://kunststofftragetasche.info/.

01/2021 Our offer for you: this new survey by GVM reports the amount of beverage packaging that will probably be subject to a deposit from 2022 on
The draft for a revision of the German packaging law includes the widening of the mandatory deposit to all plastic bottles and cans for beverages. Our new study documents the consequences subdivided into packaging types and types of drink. Further information on the study and on how to order it can be found here.

11/2020 Recycling Quota Slightly Increased in 2019
The recovery of packaging waste in Germany remains at a high level in 2019. Overall, the recycling quota slightly increased by 2.5 percentage-points to 80.8 %. These are the results of the latest Packaging Recycling Report by GVM. Further information can be found here.

10/2020 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging quota 2018
42.8 % of all drinks beverages in Germany 2018 were filled in reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging. It is 0.8 percentage points down compared to the previous year. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency.
Key results can be found in our “Blickpunkt” publication.

06/2020 Substitution of Plastic Packaging by Corrugated Cardboard
21% of plastic packaging can be replaced by corrugated cardboard. This would save around 0.8 million tons of plastic per year. This is the result of a GVM study commissioned by the RESY Organisation für Wellstoffentsorgung GmbH. Further information can be found on the association’s website https://www.wellpappen-industrie.de/verband/publikationen/studie-kunststoffsubstitution.html

04/2020 Presentation on the challenges of VerpackG
Nicolas Cayé reported about the challenges of the VerpackG at the interactive web-seminar “Sustainably Packed”.

03/2020 Parliamentary breakfast
Anke Leighty presented the results of the studies “Market analysis Inividual Reusable Bottles” and “Consequences for the German Market for Beverage Packaging with a Reusable Share of 70 %” at the parliamentary breakfast organized by Bund Getränkeverpackung der Zukunft (Federation of Beverage Packaging of the Future).

01/2020 Recycling Quota Slightly Declining in 2018
The recovery of packaging waste in Germany remains at a high level in 2018. Overall, the recycling quota slightly declined by 0.9 percentage-points to 78.0 %. These are the results of the latest Packaging Recycling Report by GVM.

01/2020 Procter & Gamble Sustainable Packaging Summit
At the Sustainable Packaging Summit of Procter & Gamble, Alexander Reitz gave an overview on the packaging waste policy in Europe and its implications for multinational companies.

11/2019 Substitution of Plastic Packaging by Corrugated Cardboard
Kurt Schüler provided information on the potential of substituting plastic packaging by corrugated cardboard packaging at the advisory board of the Forum Ökologisch Verpacken e. V. (forum for ecological packaging).

10/2019 Presentation on the Use of Recycled Materials in Plastic Packaging at 4th IK Sustainability Day
Alexander Reitz held a presentation on “The Use of Recycled Materials in Plastic Packaging – Quality Requirements and Volume Potential” at 4th IK Sustainability Day in Bad Homburg.

10/2019 Presentation on Used Packaging
At the Milk Industry Fall Meeting by Weihenstephan (Weihenstephaner Milchwirtschaftliche Herbsttagung) Kurt Schüler gave a presentation on the topic „What Becomes of Our Used Packaging? – Material Flow Analysis for Germany“.

10/2019 Panel Discussion on the Challenges for Food Packaging
On October 7th 2019 during the Anuga trade fair in Cologne, Kurt Schüler participated in a panel discussion. The Forum Ecological Packaging and the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries invited interested parties from retail, industry, politics and research to discuss the topic of “Challenges for Food Packaging – Ways to Get Away from Discussing Waste”.

09/2019 Presentation on GVM’s Packaging Recycling Report for Germany
At the Wuerzburger Packaging Forum (Würzburger Verpackungsforum) „Nine months packaging law – experiences and consequences“, Kurt Schüler reported on the topic „Recycling of Packaging – Consumption and Recovery”.

09/2019 Presentation on the Material Flow Balance for Tinplate Packaging
Nicolas Cayé presented GVM’s new „Material Flow Balance for Tinplate Packaging“ at the annual meeting of the German Metal Packaging Association (Verband Metallverpackungen e. V.) and Conveyor Society Metal Packaging (Fördergesellschaft Metallverpackungen mbH) in Lörrach.

09/2019 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging quota 2017
43.6 % of all drinks beverages in Germany 2017 were filled in reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging. It is 0.6 percentage points down compared to the previous year. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency.

08/2019 GVM Participates at the Company Run in Mainz
For the sixth time in a row Team GVM tackled along with 7,400 other participants the Company Run in Mainz.

06/2019 Consumption of plastic carrier bags decreases by 18 % in 2018
The consumption of plastic carrier bags in Germany saw another significant decline in 2018. Compared to 2017, 0.6 billion less plastic carrier bags were being used (- 18 %). Compared to 2015, the consumption of plastic carrier bags in Germany decreased by almost two thirds (-64 %). These are the results of a new study by GVM on behalf of the Handelsverband Deutschland – HDE – e.V (German Trade Association).
Further data and information to the voluntary self-commitment of Germany retailers can be found at http://kunststofftragetasche.info.

06/2019 Presentation on the Barriers to the Use of Recycled Materials in Plastic Packaging
At a meeting of EuroCommerce, Alexander Reitz held a lecture on theBarriers to the “Use of Recycled Materials in Plastic Packaging“.

04/2019 Barriers to the Use of Recycled Materials in Plastic Packaging
The share of recycled materials in plastic packaging is under 10%. To get a better understanding for the reasons, the Climate Action Campaign of the German Retail Federation commissioned GVM with a study. The results were presented as part of a parliamentary breakfast on 9th of April in Berlin. The study concludes that sustainable improvements to the situation of recycled plastics would especially result from the establishment of mandatory, accepted and workable quality standards as well as the acceleration and de-bureaucratization of the approval of recyclates with food-contact. The short version of the study can be read for free under www.hde-klimaschutzoffensive.de/de/Rezyklate-Studie.

03/2019 The Fairy Tale of the European Packaging Champions
No country in Europe produces more packaging waste than the Germans. At least if one believes the Eurostat-statistics cited by the press. In detail, however, there are massive inconsistencies and the statistics of the individual European countries are only often not directly comparable with each other. In an article in the Lebensmittelzeitung LZ from 29.03.2019 GVM Project Manager Alexander Reitz explains the reasons.

10/2018 Our Offer to You: Consulting on Packaging Legislation
The packaging market is changing. The new German Packaging Law will be in effect in 2019. In addition, there will be significant changes on the European level: The Single-Use Plastics Directive proposed by the European Commission is a first step in implementing a new Plastics Strategy. Let GVM advise you on how § 21 VerpackG, increased recycling requirements or the new regulation of packaging licensing fees will affect your company. Do the opportunities outweigh the risk? Further information can be found in our folder (german), or just give us a call.

09/2018 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging quota 2016
44.2 % of all drinks beverages in Germany 2016 were filled in reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging. It is 1.3 percentage points donw compared to the previous year. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency.

09/2018 Panel of Experts on the Future of the Packaging Market in Lebensmittelzeitung
Experts from the folding box and corrugated paper industry, plastics industry, FMCG industry and market research debated in the LZ Lebensmittelzeitung’s “Focal Point: Packaging” section (German Food Newspaper – Issue of September 21st) the consequences of Germany’s new packaging legislation. Therein, GVM managing director Kurt Schüler assesses the ecological footprint of packaging and names the essential drivers and barriers for innovation in the packaging industry

09/2018 GVM Participates at the 5th Company Run in Mainz
For the fifth time in a row, GVM started at Mainz’s company run event. On September 6th Team GVM joined 7,000 other runners on an attractive course through the inner city of Mainz.

06/2018 15th AGVU Orientation Day
On July 26th, 2018, AGVU (Working Group on Packaging and Environment) held its 15th Orientation Day in Berlin. Among other topics, the results of a study on the “Benefits of Packaging” were presented. The study was conducted on behalf of AGVU by GVM and denkststatt (Vienna). Further information can be found here.

06/2018 Consumption of Plastic Carrier Bags Decreasing Again
In 2017, the consumption of plastic carrier bags in Germany saw another significant deacrease once more. Compared to 2016, 1.3 billion less plastic carrier bags were used, a decline of more than 33 %. The introduction of the voluntary self-commitment to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags, which came into effect on July 1st, 2016, is the single most important factor for the decline.

This is the result of a survey by GVM on behalf of the German Trade Association (HDE – Handelsverband Deutschland).

Further information can be found in a press release by HDE and at http://kunststofftragetasche.info/ .

04/2018 Catalog of packaging subject to licensing at a packaging recovery organization
On behalf of the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, GVM is currently working on a basis for a catalog of packaging that is subject to licensing at a packaging recovery organization according to § 3 (8) VerpackG.

02/2018 market induced challenges for packaging design
Based on a presentation at the symposium Future Resources by Interseroh and the German packaging institute (DVI) in October 2018, GVM further elaborated on the market induced challenges for packaging design for an article in the well-known professional journal Müll und Abfall (Garbage and Waste Magazine). The article can be found in issue 2-18.

12/2017 Jürgen Heinisch steps down from GVM management
Jürgen Heinisch will leave his position as managing director of GVM at the end of the year. His main responsibilities included controlling and finance as well as project management. Facing his 60th birthday, he deems it the right moment to take more of his time for travelling, voluntary commitments and cultural activities. He will continue to aid GVM as an external consultant. On behalf of all employees, Kurt Schüler thanks Jürgen Heinisch for many years of successful work as GVM managing director and wishes him all the best for his future.

10/2017 Symposium Future Resources
Interseroh and the German packaging institute (DVI) invited to Frankfurt/Main on October 17th, 2017 to discuss the topic “Packaging as a Resource”. GVM project manager Alexander Reitz held a presentation on “Market Induced Challenges of Packaging Design”. Further information and impressions can be found at www.future-resources.de.

10/2017 GVM congratulates TTC „Rot-Weiß“ 1921 Wiesbaden-Biebrich on Award „Grünen Band“
TTC „Rot-Weiß“ 1921 Wiesbaden Biebrich was awarded the annual accolade by the initiative „Das Grüne Band“ (“The Green Band by Commerzbank and the German Olympic Sports Confederation DOSB). The table tennis club from Wiesbaden-Biebrich was among the 50 German clubs that were each awarded 5000 € for their outstanding support of young talents. GVM is a longtime supporter of the club and congratulates on this great achievement.
You can find further information at: http://www.tischtennis.de/sonderseiten/news-detail/artikel/ttc-wiesbaden-biebrich-gewinnt-gruenes-band.html

07/2017 33 % Less Plastic Carrier Bags in Germany
In 2016, 3.7 billion plastic carrier bags were used in Germany, which is about a third less than in 2016. The biggest reason for the decline is the voluntary self-commitment to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags, that came into effect on July 1st, 2016. This is the result of a new survey by GVM on behalf of the German Trade Association (HDE – Handelsverband Deutschland).

06/2017 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging quota 2015
45.5 % of all drinks beverages in Germany 2015 were filled in reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging. This figure is 0.6 percentage points lower than the year prior. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency.

06/2017 Recycling Rate of Beverage Cans Is Exceptionally High
Beverage cans enjoy increasing popularity on the market. Their market volume grew by 0.55 million pieces to 2.37 million pieces between 2013 and 2015. This is an increase by almost 30 %. The recycling rate is exceptionally high: tin plate beverage cans recycled by 99.7 %, aluminum cans by 98.7 % if they are subject to a deposit scheme. This is the result of a new report by GVM that was commissioned by DAVR GmbH, Forum Getränkedose GbR and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein GmbH.

05/2017 GVM’s Employees Active at Conferences
In the first four months of 2017, GVM’s employees used several occasions to exchange experiences and knowledge with packaging industry experts. Anke Leighty gave a lecture on the trends for packaging films at the 15th Inno-Meeting. Alexander Reitz talked about recycling-friendly design, the recycling of PET beverage bottles and the recycling of plastic packaging in general at Solpack 2.0 and the Innoform/SKZ-convention. Finally, Kurt Schüler addressed the product design and the market tendencies of paper packaging at the PTS-seminar “Focus on Waste Paper”.

01/2017 New GVM-Report: Flexible Plastic Packaging Market in Germany and in Europe. Trends and Perspectives until 2021 by Product Categories
The aspect of sustainability and recyclability of packaging is becoming increasingly important. At the same time decreasing margins and largely saturated markets force packaging manufacturers to creative solutions. The new GVM report describes important trends and provides a market overview on flexible sales packaging in Germany and in Europe. The detailed segmentation of different types of plastic/plastic composites by product categories and a forecast for 2021 is a major focal point. You can order the report as of now. Further information can be found here.

09/2016 Study on the Recyclability of Plastic Packaging
At the shareholder workshop of BKV GmbH on September 26th in Berlin, the new study “Potential for the Increase of Material Recycling of Plastic Packaging (Potenziale zur Steigerung der werkstofflichen Verwertung von Kunststoffverpackungen) was presented. The study conducted by Prognos and GVM on behalf of BKV illustrates how eco-design and the improvement of sorting technology can contribute to more material recycling of plastic packaging. It is also quantified which percentatge of plastic packaging already fulfills the requirements of good recyclability. The report can be obtained via www.bkv-gmbh.de. Further information is also available in an article for Lebensmittelzeitung, edition 38-16.

06/2016 Data and Facts on the Ressource Efficiency of Plastic Packaging
The German Industry Association for Plastic Packaging (IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.) informs about the resource efficiency of plastic packaging in a new factsheet. Topics are the resource saving through packaging light weighting and the contribution of plastic packaging towards product protection and recycling. It is based in large parts based on the GVM Recycling Report and the GVM-survey “Development of Plastic Packaging’s Efficiency in Germany 1991 to 2013”. It is available for download here.

05/2016 Federal Environmental Agency publishes reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging quota 2014
46.1 % of all drinks beverages in Germany 2014 were filled in reusable and ecologically advantageous one-way packaging. This figure is 0.1 percentage points lower than the year prior. The complete report can be downloaded at the website of the Federal Environmental Agency.

04/2016 GVM presentation at the Waste and Bio Energy-Forum Kassel
GVM director Kurt Schüler held a presentation on “Packaging and Similar Material Non-Packaging in Germany – Amount, Recovery and Current Tendencies” at the 28th “Kasseler Abfall- und Bioenergieforum”(Waste and Bio Energy-Forum Kassel). The presenation is also a part of the recently published book “Bio- und Sekundärrohstoffverwertung XI (Bio- and Secondary Resource Recovery XI) of the Witzenhausen Institute (ISBN 3-928673-72-6). It describes the extensive changes of packaging consumption and recovery in the past 25 years and illustrates the consequences that would have to be expected from the recent working draft for the revison of the German packaging legislation.

03/2016 Coffee Capsules – Latest Victim to Stand in the Pillory?
In an interview with Horst Wenzel of the Lebensmittelzeitung (Issue 11/2016) Kurt Schüler discusses the sense and nonsense of regulatory fees on coffee capsules. The verdict is clear: instead of constantly putting new alleged environmental sinners in the pillory it is more imporatant to advance the packaging ordinance to a reusable material legislation with ambitious recycling targets.

02/2016 Federal Environmental Agency publishes results of the study “Evaluation and Update of Beverage Packaging Life Cycle Assessment”
The final report published by the German Federal Environmental Agency documents the scientific background and the deduction of minimum requirements for beverage packaging life cycle assessments. This is meant to harmonize the conduct and evaluation via environmental impact profiles of such life cycle assessments. The formulated minimum requirements are especially important for life cycle assessments submitted to the Federal Environmental Agency. They are meat to assure, that all included packaging systems on the market are included accurately and representatively. The survey was conducted by ifeu, integrahl and GVM. GVM especially contributed to the topics beverage segments, packaging solutions, packaging weights, trippage numbers and distribution.

The survey can be downloaded here (German).

01/2016 93.7 % of PET beverage bottles are recycled
A recent GVM survey commissioned by Forum PET shows that the recycling quota of PET beverage bottles is 93.7 %. For the first time the existing data and knowledge on the recycling of PET beverage bottles is combined into a single unified closed-form material flow model. You can find further information in the IK press release.

09/2015 GVM Participates at the 3rd Company Run in Mainz
For the third year in a row colleagues and friends banded together for Team GVM and tackled, along with 7,000 other participants, the Company Run in Mainz.
Every step along the five kilometers through Mainz City Center brought the runners closer to the actual main event of the evening: the after-run-party.

07/2015 “One-Way Beverage Packaging in the Context of Prevention and Recycling?
GVM’s managing director Jürgen Heinisch held a keynote speech at the parliamentary evening of BGVZ (Association for Beverage Packaging of the Future). He presented the findings of a recent analysis by GVM that shows how one-way PET bottles and one-way beverage cans accommodate the idea of a circular economy via material reductions and recycling. Pictures and a report of the event can be found here.

06/2015 “More Utility – Less Material: Increasing Efficiency of Plastic Packaging??
GVM’s managing director Kurt Schüler presented the results of a recent study for BKV GmbH at the IK’s (German Association for Plastics Packagings and Films) second “Sustainability-Day” on July 26th in Bad Homburg.

05/2015 “How Will Our Beer Be Packed in the Future? Forecast for 2018”
In an article for the brewing industry focused journal “Brauindustrie” GVM market analyst Alexander Reitz outlines several different scenarios for the market development of beer containers in Germany. Read the article which is based on GVM’s panel market research in issue 05/2015 of “Brauindustrie” or here online.

02/2015 GVM Provides Surveyor for a Critical Review of a Beverage Packaging Life Cycle Assessment
Gerolsteiner Brunnen commissioned a critical review under the direction of H.J. Garvens in order to examine a beverage packaging life cycle assessment by IFEU. GVM was tasked with the examination of the study’s selected packaging systems. Furthermore, GVM reviewed data and models on distribution and trippage number. Overall, the survey concluded that IFEU’s study was consistently well done.

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