Closing Circuits Together.

The AGVU has been committed to product responsibility for packaging since 1986 and is committed to its environmentally sound and resource-protective use and recycling. The AGVU represents the entire value chain: from the packaging industry to the consumer goods industry and commerce to the dual systems, disposal companies and recyclers.

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Packaging and Sustainability


“Too Good for the Bin!” Initiative

Wherever food is produced and packaged, food waste reduction is an important issue. Whether through a better use of harvests, the rigorous processing of “waste products” in the subsequent processing or innovations in logistics, storage and packaging: Many food producers are already committed to throwing away less valuable foodstuffs. Since 2012 the German Federal Ministry […]


German Sustainability Award

The German Sustainability Award (Deutsche Nachhaltigpreis) honors companies that are particularly successful in meeting environmental and social challenges with their products and services and thereby use sustainability as an economic opportunity. In 2016 the award will be awarded in three categories; Special awards recognize the most sustainable brand as well as a special focus on […]

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Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Tinplate or packaging steel is used in great measure in the packaging sector, for example for packaging food, beverages, aerosols, paints and varnishes. The material is distinguished by its impermeability to light and air and its unbreakability. The storage of food in cans works without energy consumption. The […]

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Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Polystyrene, PS for short, is a widely used synthetic material that is used in many areas of daily life and is used either as a thermoplastic or as a foam (EPS). The technical production of polystyrene was started in 1931. Today, polystyrene is one of the standard synthetic […]

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Polypropylene (PP)

Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Polypropylene (PP) is similar in its properties and construction to polyethylene and a thermoplastic synthetic material closely related to the hard PE (HDPE). With PP, a wide variety of application-related material properties can be generated, which have been significantly further developed over the recent past. In this regard, […]

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Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Polyethylene terephthalate, known mainly by its short form PET, is a thermoplastic synthetic material, malleable under heat and can be brought into virtually any shape. It belongs to the group of polyester materials. The base material was developed in 1941 in the US. Today’s PET is a highly […]

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Polyethylene (PE)

Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Polyethylene (PE) is the most widely produced and used plastic, accounting for over 30 percent of the total world production of plastics. PE is a thermoplastic and belongs to the group of standard-art materials. A distinction is made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (called […]

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Paper, Carton, and Cardboard

Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Approximately 43 percent of paper production in Germany goes into packaging. In accordance with VerpackV, the volume of paper, carton, and cardboard (in German, PPK, for papier-pappe-karton) packaging (corrugated board, folding cartons, cardboard boxes, sleeves, paper bags) was 6.4 million tonnes in 2009 (source: GVM). Material Use During […]

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Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use 45 percent of glass production in Germany was used for packaging in 2013. 65 per cent of all container glass is in the form of beverage bottles, with nearly 26 per cent in glass jars and 9 per cent for cosmetics and pharmacy. Based on the production value, […]

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Beverage Carton and Paper Composites

Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use Around 185,000 tonnes of beverage cartons were brought into circulation in Germany in 2012 (source: GVM). Composite cartons are used as packaging for different foodstuffs, e.g. beverages, liquid dairy products, puréed and diced fruit and vegetables, soups, sauces, etc. Material Use During Manufacturing Approximately 75 percent of beverage […]

Aluminium kann immer wieder recycelt und ohne Qualitätseinbußen für neue Produkte und Verpackungen genutzt werden.
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Manner and Scope of the Material’s Use In the field of packaging, aluminum is used because of its special material properties. The protection of sensitive food, beverages and pharmaceuticals is the main focus. About 10 percent of the aluminum used in Germany goes into packaging. The use of aluminum packaging, e.g. cans, bowls, tubes, was […]