EU Single-Use Plastics Directive

Increase in littering costs in Austria

From 2023, the reporting of single-use plastic products and packaging (Single Use Plastics (SUP)) is mandatory in accordance with the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

These products must be reported to the collection and recovery systems (Producer Responsibility Organisations (PRO)) once a year by 15 March of the following year at the latest. From the reporting of single-use plastics for the year 2023, the collection and recycling systems must pay standardised SUP surcharges nationwide in accordance with the Packaging Ordinance.

This so-called littering levy is intended by the legislator to compensate for the cleaning and sanitisation activities caused by the products and packaging concerned.

Single Use Plastics Directive

To which products does the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive apply?

If your company places products in the following categories on the market, you are affected by the obligation under section 21a(1) of the Packaging Ordinance 2014:

  • Beverage cups
  • Rigid or flexible food packaging
  • Beverage containers (PET beverage bottles, other beverage bottles, other beverage containers such as Tetrapak)
  • Humidifying wipes
  • Balloons
  • Fishing gear
  • Tobacco products (filter weight)

Important for our customers: If you have licensed and placed on the market single-use plastic products and packaging covered by the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, please notify us using our online form:

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What costs are incurred

As a collection and recycling system, we are obliged to levy the following surcharges in accordance with Section 9 (2a) VerpackVO

Please note that these surcharges are not contributions from Reclay Systems. Although these SUP surcharges must be collected by all collection and recycling systems in Austria, they must be passed on to the municipal contractual partners (municipal associations, municipalities, cities). The Verpackungskoordinierungsstelle gemeinnützige GmbH (VKS) checks the accuracy and completeness of the reported quantities.

SUP products Surcharges in €/t (2023) Surcharges in €/t (2024)
Food packaging 116.00 €/t 190.00 €/t
Sacks and film packaging made from flexible material 116.00 €/t 190.00 €/t
Beverage containers 116.00 €/t 190.00 €/t
Beverage cups 116.00 €/t 190.00 €/t
Lightweight KS carrier bags 116.00 €/t 190.00 €/t
Tobacco products (filter weight) 232.00 €/t 380.00 €/t

We are here to help you

The experts at our sister company RecycleMe offer you a comprehensive range of services, so that you can complete all the necessary tasks on time and in full:

  • Creating a reliable database by analysing material and master data for effective business processes and efficient reporting
  • Complete and legally compliant packaging reporting including adjustment of product groups and application of the GMM quota in accordance with Austrian law
  • Time-efficient collection and entry of your data in the online reporting portal and application of the sampling method to ensure data quality
  • Complete fulfilment of your additional reporting obligations for single-use plastic products

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