Information for foreign companies

As a rule, members of Grønt Punkt Norge AS (Green Dot Norway) are primarily Norwegian companies – producers and importers of goods and packaging. However, we can make some exceptions.

As a rule, members of Grønt Punkt Norge AS (Green Dot Norway) are primarily Norwegian companies – producers and importers of goods and packaging. However, we can make some exceptions.

Membership for foreign companies

Membership for foreign companies otherwise may apply if:

  • Sales directly to Norwegian consumers (B to C across the border) – internet sales, mail order etc.
  • Norwegian importer fails to take this responsibility – most applicable if there are many small importers and the foreign company wishes to take this responsibility on behalf of their Norwegian importers

In some cases, foreign companies have a Norwegian company registration (organization number) which technically is the importer. If that is the case, the membership must be registered to this company.

Green Dot®

The Green Dot is one of the most widely used trademarks in the world. In 2006 it was used on an estimated 460 billion packaged items in Europe, according to DSD (Duales System Deutschland). The trademark is owned by DSD, and Grønt Punkt Norge AS is the principal licensee in Norway.

The Green Dot links 25 European countries to an international community for the recovery and recycling of used packaging. In Norway, the trademark on a pack is the equivalent of a receipt verifying that the relevant member company has paid the recycling fee. Grønt Punkt Norge ensures that anyone using the trademark on a pack that will be used in Norway has paid the license fee.

Norwegian importers often receive packaging marked with a foreign variant of the Green Dot logo. That means that the exporter, who produces the item, is participating in the recycling scheme in the exporting country. However, in Norway, the Norwegian importer of the item is responsible for the packaging and its recycling, and the importer must pay the recycling licence fee to Grønt Punkt Norge. No fee is due in Norway on items packed for export out of Norway.

Companies wishing to use a foreign variant of the Green Dot instead of the Norwegian version must nonetheless become a member of Grønt Punkt Norge by signing a Standard Agreement.

It is illegal for importers of items bearing the Green Dot to use the mark, unless they pay the recycling licence fee to Grønt Punkt Norge. Unauthorized use of the Green Dot is misleading for consumers. When consumers purchase goods in Norway marked with the Green Dot, they must be confident that the cost of recycling the packaging is covered by the supplier's membership of Grønt Punkt Norge.

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