Single-Use Plastics Directive - Which products are affected?

Only affects our customers from Austria!

The aim of the Single-Use Plastics Directive in Austria is to prevent and minimise the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, in particular the marine environment, and human health and to promote the transition to a circular economy with innovative and sustainable business models, articles and materials, thereby also contributing to the smooth functioning of the internal market.

This is to be achieved through measures to reduce consumption, restrictions on placing on the market, product requirements, labelling requirements, extended producer responsibility, separate collection and awareness-raising measures.

The Single-Use Plastics Directive regulates the following new obligations for single-use plastic products and fishing gear from 2022 according to the Packaging Ordinance (VVO) According to the INTERZERO INFORMATION SHEET, the amendment to the Austrian Packaging Ordinance (VVO) has come into force.

Manufacturers of certain single-use plastic products and fishing gear containing plastic are obliged to participate in a collection and recycling system and submit an additional report.

Disposable plastic products concerned (Section 18a)

1. wet wipes

2. balloons

3. tobacco products

4. fishing gear that contains plastic

As these 4 product areas are not offered in this shop, they are excluded from the following considerations and the following information refers exclusively to packaging materials.

From 2023, the following reports must be submitted retroactively for the first time for 2022 (Section 21a):

1. beverage cups:

Report the total mass and a. Entirely made of plastic: Report by piece b. Partially made of plastic: Report by piece

2. food packaging:

Reporting of the total mass and

a. Entirely made of plastic: reporting by piece

b. Partly made of plastic: reporting by piece

3. bags and film packaging (wrappers) made of flexible material:

Declaration by mass

4. beverage containers

Sorted according to:

a. PET beverage bottles: Report by mass

b. Other beverage bottles: Notification by mass

c. Other beverage containers: reporting by mass

Data for the reporting year must be reported by 15 March of the following calendar year at the latest


Beverage cups, including closures and lids (Annex 6, point 2.1)

Food packaging:

Containers such as boxes (with or without lids) for foodstuffs which

a) are intended to be eaten directly on site or taken away as a take-away meal,

b) are usually consumed out of the packaging, and

c) can be consumed without further preparation such as cooking, boiling or heating, including packaging for fast food or other food for immediate consumption (Annex 6 point 2.1)

Bags and film packaging made of flexible material:

with food contents intended to be consumed directly from the sachet or film packaging and which do not require further preparation (Annex 6 point 2.1.).

Beverage containers:

With a capacity of up to three litres, i.e. containers used to hold liquids, such as beverage bottles, including their closures and lids, and composite beverage containers, including their closures and lids.

Exceptions: Beverage containers made of glass or metal with closures or lids made of plastic.

Beverage containers intended for and used for liquid foods for special medical purposes, foods for infants and young children, foods for special medical purposes and daily rations for weight control diets (Annex 6, point 1 b).

For further information, please contact INTERZERO on +49 1 / 714 20 05-7220 or at