Green Dot

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?

The cost of the UK licence 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 registered in the UK and 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 (small WEEE/Battery member still have to pay). All that we ask is that you tell us that your business is using the Green Dot symbol and the types packaging the symbol is displayed on.

If your organisation is a member of one of the following Packaging Compliance Schemes operating in the UK, we recommend that you check if your membership with this scheme covers the cost of your Green Dot licence:

  • Nipak Limited
  • Synergy Compliance Ltd
  • Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc (Properpak Ltd. and Properpak (Scotland) Ltd.)
  • The Wastepak Group Ltd
  • Comply Direct Ltd
  • Complypak Ltd
  • ERP UK Ltd
  • Ecosurety
  • Sustain Drinks Packaging Partnership

To apply for a licence, require high resolution images of the Green Dot or find out more about the Green Dot in the UK and other countries contact us today on 03450 682 572 or complete our enquiry form.