The Green Dot is a widely recognised symbol in many European countries. It signifies that for each piece of packaging, a financial contribution has been paid to a national packaging recovery organisation.
The Green Dot is a mandatory trade mark in some countries which means that the first person to place packaging onto the market must pay a licence fee to use the Green Dot in that country and ensure that the Green Dot is printed on their packaging.
Who needs a Green Dot licence?
If your business is a brand owner of goods sold in the UK which have the Green Dot symbol displayed on the packaging it will be required to pay a UK licence fee.
It is not mandatory to display the Green Dot on packaging in the UK because we use the Packaging Waste Recovery Note (PRN) system to help recover and recycle packaging waste. However, if your business exports to other European countries it may be required to display the Green Dot on packaging to demonstrate compliance.
Many organisations choose to purchase the Green Dot licence in the UK so that they are not burdened with the time and costs of printing two different sets of packaging i.e. one set without the Green Dot for the UK and another set with the Green Dot for goods being exported.
Download our guidance on the use of the Green Dot in Europe here.
Important: the UK Green Dot licence does not cover usage of the Green Dot in other countries. If you display the Green Dot on packaging exported to other countries you may need to pay a licence fee in each country.
How much does the UK licence cost?
A licence for use of the Green Dot in the UK is free to all members of Valpak, whereas the cost for non-Valpak members in 2017 is £295 (excluding VAT). This fee is an annual fee and is subject to change each calendar year at Valpak's discretion.
If your company is a full member of Valpak’s Packaging, WEEE or Batteries compliance schemes then it can use the Green Dot symbol in the UK for free (this does not include small WEEE/Battery customers). All that we ask is that you inform us that you are using the Green Dot symbol and provide us with basic information on the types packaging the symbol is displayed on.
Members of our “Small WEEE” and “Small Batteries” services, and non-member companies must purchase a licence separately. The cost in 2017 is £295 (excl. VAT); this is an annual fee, and is subject to change each calendar year at Valpak’s discretion.
Valpak also offers sub-licenses to some other packaging compliance schemes. If you are not a member of Valpak we suggest that you check with your scheme whether they have a green dot sub-license in place and, if so, under what terms and costs.