Recycled paper is the most important raw material for the paper-oriented packaging industry in Germany. Because of this, used paper and transport packaging out of cardboard an corrugated board has been collected and reused since many decades. When 1991 the first Packaging Directive took force, all parties involved in the paper recycling system believed, that the collection and recycling systems for used transport packaging - which had worked well from a market directed aspect to date - would be endangered. If recycling systems were to be established forcing packaging manufacturers to pay the disposal costs for that packaging, this would almost triple the costs of packaging made from recycled materials - at least from an arithmetical point of view. This was the main driving force behind the formation of RESY Organisation für Wertstoffentsorgung GmbH in 1991:
RESY guarantees the complete disposal and reuse of all transport packaging bearing the RESY symbol. The legal use of the RESY symbol means that all the specifications of the German Packaging Law for transport packaging have been fulfilled.
On conclusion of the agreement you will be issued with a unique identification number which must always be applied to the packaging in combination with the RESY symbol