Save waste, save costs / Reduce waste, cut costs

European tariffs for packaging waste tend to be based on the weight and type of packaging materials used. The prevailing philosophy that the ‘polluter pays’ means that extra costs incurred by the addition of packaging tax are passed on to the consumer. This in turn impacts on pricing policy and profit margins. Any reduction in taxes offers more flexibility to adjust pricing and improve competitiveness.

Most European waste policy agencies apply similar formulas with their own basic tariffs.


  • In France: under the Eco Emballages standard each element that can be separated from the original packaging makes a separate contribution determined by its weight.
  • In Germany: packaging is subject to the Green Dot tariff.
  • In Belgium: the Fost Plus system classifies packaging materials as ‘other reusable plastic’.





  • Machine savings
  • Labour saving
  • Tangible cost savings
  • Lower waste tax tariffs
  • Logistic savings
  • Packaging savings


How tax savings add up

The table below demonstrates how switching to Peelpaq® could reduce waste tax liabilities by comparing the tariffs due on a typical small salad pack.

Specification: 1 x empty pack, including label Capacity: 200-500g to hold a small portion of prepared salad
Conventional packaging Peelpaq® packaging The Peelpaq® difference
Weight 18g 11g 7g less weight
Green Dot tariff (Germany) 0.2593 euros/kg x 18 g = 4.6678 euros/000 pieces 0.2593 euros/kg x 11 g = 2.8523 euros/000 pieces 40% less tax
Eco Emballages tariff (France) Sealing film = 0.60 euros/000 pieces Lid = 0.77 euros/000 pieces Fewer packaging elements to enable a saving of 0.77 euros/000 pieces 56% less tax