Government authorities have made the business community responsible for organizsng the collection, sorting and recycling of used packaging. This is a costly arrangement, which is financed by the licence fees paid by member companies.
The Ministry of the Environment states that the responsibility for recycling used packaging rests with the companies that produce, import or use packaging: the "Polluter Pays Principle".
Grønt Punkt Norge aims to conclude agreements with individual companies to contribute to the costs of recycling arrangements for used packaging.
The agreement concluded between each individual company and Grønt Punkt Norge is a practical way of meeting the obligations to support one or more material organisation and recycling system.
The membership agreements stipulate that each member company must pay a licence fee for the service provided by the material organisations.
The level of the licence fee reflects the cost of administering the recovery and recycling of each packaging material. This is why the licence fee is different for each packaging material and why the fees change from time to time.
Companies using more than one packaging material must join with regard to each material by ticking the relevant packaging materials in the standard agreement form.
The table below shows which material organisation handles which packaging materials and who pays the licence fee: