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Do you use the Green Dot?

5th June 2017

Wayne Grant

What is it?

The Green Dot® is a license symbol used on packaging in some European markets which shows that a fee has been paid to fund the recycling of that packaging when it becomes waste and a essentially a financial contribution to a packaging recovery system. In the United Kingdom, the Green Dot symbol does not carry such significance. However, businesses often use a standard packaging design for products that are sold on the European and UK markets, this mean that the Green Dot symbol is present on packaging when products are sold in the UK.

It is mandatory to display the Green Dot symbol in the following countries:

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Portugal (Only mandatory on primary packaging)
  • Spain

The Green Dot Symbol is not mandatory but is a registered trademark and a licence is required to display the symbol on packaging in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Turkey
  • Malta
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Estonia
  • Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Israel
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico

How can we help?

The Green Dot® is a registered trademark in the UK, which means that a UK licence is required in order to be permitted to use the symbol on packaging products in the UK. Any usage of the symbol on products sold in the UK without a UK licence is an infringement on the owner of the trademark, which can result in legal action being taken.

Comply Direct is a licence holder for the usage of the Green Dot symbol and, as part of our packaging compliance service to our members, we are happy to arrange exemptions for our members who use the Green Dot symbol, by providing sub-licences to our members at no additional cost.

If your company places products on the UK market in packaging that is marked with the Green Dot symbol, please contact the packaging team for advice and assistance in obtaining a sub-licence.

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