The "reusable packaging obligation" is the result of the new packaging law passed by the German parliament in May 2021. Since January 2023, caterers have therefore been obliged to offer at least one reusable alternative for their food and beverages in addition to disposable packaging for their out-of-home sales - or to switch completely to reusable packaging.
The aim is to reduce the flood of disposable packaging and save resources for its production. The reusable alternatives must not be more expensive than the single-use version.
Are you wondering whether you too have to offer reusable packaging and what you need to bear in mind? We've put together an FAQ that will help you get to grips with the new legislation and make the transition as smooth as possible.
Reusable duty FAQ
What is the reusable duty?
How much do reusable alternatives cost?
To whom does the reusable obligation apply?
You have less than five employees and your restaurant is smaller than 80 square meters?
Do you have more than five employees or is your restaurant larger than 80 square meters?
What options do I have if I need to offer a reusable alternative?
How does it work with hygiene
What are the consequences of non-compliance with the reusable obligation?
"The mandatory reusable offer for to-go and delivery meals is an opportunity for the catering industry to increase guest loyalty and promote the health of our planet. The EU has recognized that the future belongs to circular economy and reusable systems. With Vytal, we operate the leading technology platform for reusables, which efficiently and measurably effectively avoids single-use packaging. Our goal is to make reusable the standard for to-go consumption and delivery meals in Germany by 2025."
Tim Breker, Founder Vytal
Your advantages as a partner
Become a Vytal partner and increase your visibility. We will help you to attract new customers.
Save on packaging costs with every order. Pay a fair amount per Vytal usage.
There are no hidden costs with Vytal. We work without contract period and monthly basic fee.
For all dishes
Find the right container for your needs. Leak-proof and microwaveable.
The best reusable solution
As the largest reusable packaging system in Europe, we offer you a risk-free solution for the upcoming mandatory returnable bottles. We work without monthly fixed costs, there is no minimum contract period and all this without time-consuming deposit handling. The fair filling fee only applies if you actually replace disposable packaging with Vytals and thus do something good for the environment.
Our arguments for your decision
👉 More than 6,500 Partners
👉 More than 500,000 Users
👉 Huge, dynamic network
👉 No deposit handling, cashless
👉 No contract term
👉 No monthly basic fee
👉 Fair fee per Vytal filling
👉 Reusable solutions for all food and beverages
👉 Discounted conditions for the fully integrated Split Webshop
As a digital system, we can measure benefits and savings.
Processing without deposit
We charge according to use.
Leak proof and heat insulating.
No deposit for you and your customers.
High quality containers
Increasing customer loyalty
Win new customers
Increasing customer loyalty
Reusable is first and foremost a decision for the sake of the environment. In my opinion, Vytal is the best reusable packaging system available at the moment because it is fair for the customer and the restaurateur. It is easy to use and offers added value. It's also a good system to use for customer retention. We have been the only restaurant to offer returnable beverages here for the last few years and it has always worked great.
Lauri, owner of Lauri's coastal diner
As a pizza restaurant, we are particularly interested in offering a real alternative to our packaging. We love Vytal because sustainability finally becomes practical here. There is no simpler solution for the guest and for us as a restaurant!
Alissa and Cristoph, Virtuous Pie
Through Vytal, I have gained many new regular customers who discovered me through the app and have been coming back ever since, because now they can enjoy our bowls easily and without a guilty conscience.
Stefania, owner SantoLoco Surf Kitchen
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Reusable container for all dishes
As the only reusable solution, we have containers for all food and beverages. Whether it's coffee, bowls, pizza, sushi or burgers. We have the right solution for your individual needs.
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