The Green Dot

Do you know, what does it actually mean?



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According to the Green Dot - Code of Practice[1] provided by Valpak - the identity responsible for regulating the licences in the UK - “Green Dot should not be associated with recycling”; interested users should “consider their motivation for wanting to apply the trademark to their packaging”.


They also warn that “placing the Dot directly next to information on recycling or modifying the symbol to include a recycling message will be considered misrepresentation”

And “Trading Standards can decide to take enforcement action under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008”[2] and reinforces “The Green Dot should not be applied to bolster an environmental claim.”


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Therefore, The Green Dot symbol means for each piece of packaging, a financial contribution has been paid to a national packaging recovery organisation.


However, when countries like the UK don't carry out a National Green Dot waste recovery but companies are given the authorisation to place the symbol on their products, it is expected that said companies:

  • distribute their products to countries in the European market;

  • pay for the recycling of the packaging.


In force in Germany since 1991, The Green Dot program is present in over 20 countries across Europe plus North America and Israel. [3]




[1] green-dot-code-of-practice-20165bde08c1a5336c89be6fff0000348758.pdf (valpak.co.uk) [2] https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2008/9780110811574/regulation/5 [3] Members Map (pro-e.org)