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P&PW Directive- The Green Dot

What is the Green dot?

The Green Dot is the license symbol of a European network of industry-funded systems for recycling the packaging materials of consumer goods. The logo is trademark protected worldwide. The Green Dot is an Internationally Registered Trademark placed on products by the manufacturer of the product. By signing the trademark use agreement, the licensee obtains the right to attach the Green Dot to his/her sales packaging.

The application for a Green Dot license may be filed either by the foreign product manufacturer domiciled in the EU or EEA or by the importing company.

Under which law does it operate?

Since the successful introduction of the German industry-funded dual system similar Green Dot systems have been introduced in most other European countries.

Which Directive does it touch?

The Green Dot scheme is captured under the European "Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive - 94/62/EC" which is binding for all companies if their products use packaging and requires manufacturers to recover their own packaging. According to the directive, if a company does not join the Green Dot scheme they must collect recyclable packaging themselves although this is almost always impossible for mass products.

Which type of products does it apply to?

Products that use packaging.

What is a Dual system?

Generally speaking, it is an additional form of waste collection, which picks up household packaging parallel to the existing municipal waste-collection systems (i.e. bins for glass, bins for paper, etc.).

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