What does “Der Grüne Punkt” stand for?

The Green Dot (“Der Grüne Punkt”) is a registered trademark of the company Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) and stands for a functioning circular economy, i.e. the consistent use of recyclables from waste. With the ongoing development of recycling, the Green Dot is increasingly adding value and raw materials to recovery and new benefits. This protects finite resources, the climate and the environment.

If the Green Dot is printed on a packaging, the manufacturer of this packaging shows that he fulfills the obligations of the Packaging Ordinance. But packaging without a green dot may also be disposed of in the separate collection. How this works, you know for sure: glass in the glass containers, paper and cardboard in the waste paper collection and lightweight packaging made of plastic, metal and composites in the yellow sack or the yellow bin.

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Who cares about the garbage in the bin? All of us!

Efficient recycling is the future and the throwaway society will hopefully be a thing of the past. Only with rethinking and concrete solutions we can ensure that the environment is protected in the long term and that sufficient resources and raw materials are available to future generations. This is a key reason why the Green Dot has chosen “Take it and shape it” as a maxim.

When the Packaging Ordinance obliged industry and commerce to take back and reuse their packaging, trade and industry founded the Green Dot as a second (dual) system alongside the public waste disposal system. Since 1991, we have been collecting packaging waste and using it to extract secondary raw materials that flow back into the economic cycle. And with success! In 2017, the companies with the Green Dot recycled around 1.8 million tonnes of waste, and through recycling we avoided 1.1 million tonnes of emissions of CO2 equivalents. The future also sounds promising: every year the dual system Der Grüne Punkt fulfills the quotas from the Packaging Ordinance and even surpasses them.

That's how it works: Recycling Loop and dual System

To close the loop, i.e. to keep recyclables as long as possible in an economic cycle by high-quality recycling, is both a vision and a task for the Green Dot. Our dual system connects manufacturers, industry and consumers and ensures the collection, sorting and recycling of packaging waste.

That's how metals such as aluminum become new metal products, waste glass becomes new container glass, waste paper becomes the source of raw material for new paper and plastic from the yellow sacks and yellow bins is being reprocessed to new plastic products. And to ensure that this is as easy and efficient as possible, we have separate collection containers for packaging.

How does the Green Dot work?

Nine dual systems are currently permitted in Germany, which use the yellow bins or bags, the dropoff containers for glass and paper barrels to collect used sales packaging. Der Grüne Punkt - Dual System Germany GmbH with the Green Dot as a trademark has been the first dual system to build this near-to-home collection system and is still the market leader today.
Waste separation. This is how we can achieve a clean future!

Waste separation. This is how we can achieve a clean future!

Drop-off container, yellow sacks, yellow bin

Waste separation, i.e. the separation of valuable materials, is essential for efficient recycling. In Germany, most households have collection containers for five different types of waste: glass, paper and cardboard, lightweight packaging (LWP) made of plastic, aluminum, tinplate and composite materials, as well as residual waste and biowaste. And basically, trash sorting is quite simple: paper, cardboard and cardboard packaging belong into the waste paper collection; color-sorted bottles and container glass into the dropoff containers (please put blue glass into the green glass container!). In the yellow bin or the yellow sack only light weight packaging made of metal, composite material and plastic is collected. Residual waste and biowaste each have their own bins.

Numerous recycling tips, interesting facts about waste separation and the Green Dot as well as a practical separation aid for the dual system can be found here!

Der Grüne Punkt – Recycling is the Future!

Environmental Performance Balance 2017
Primary Energy saved

The Green Dot works! This can be clearly illustrated with figures – in 2017 alone, 1.8 million tons of used sales packaging have been recovered. This corresponds to a weight of 9,890 blue whales. And recycling this amount saved almost 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The avoided amount of CO2 corresponds to the amount of 110,000 ha of forest filtered from the air every year. That is 1.2 times the area of Berlin.

And what's more: For years, we have been researching and developing in the field of plastics recycling and marketing under the brand Systalen. Thus premium plastic granules from the plastic waste of the yellow bin and the yellow bag are being processed into new packaging and products. Here you will find more information about Systalen, its ecological advantages and many applications it can be used for. In the field of design for recycling, together with manufacturers and packaging designers, we develop concepts for the optimal recylability of packaging.