The Green Dot

The Green Dot was created by Klaus Töpfer, Germanys Environment Minister in the early 1990’s. It is a symbol used on packaging in some European countries and signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.

Therefore, the Green Dot does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable.
Green dot

The Green Dot often causes confusion amongst the public. The above symbol is frequently mistaken for the recycling symbol. This leads to packaging being disposed of incorrectly.

To support this thought, we carried out our own study on waste management in Ireland. We surveyed a wide variety of products in a local supermarket. We found that many of the products surveyed had only the Green Dot printed on the packaging. Below are tables of the results.