Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Recycling symbol guidance launched by Valpak

To prevent confusion over the use of the Green Dot symbols UK companies should consider why they wish to use it, Valpak has said. The packaging compliance scheme has issued a code of practice to prevent misunderstandings over its Green Dot trademark in the UK.

The dot can be found on products sold in the UK and is a recognised symbol in many European countries, which shows a commitment from the companies using it to meet Packaging Waste Directive obligations. But it does not have this same significance in the UK.

Concerns over what the symbol stands for were raised by a Radio Four iPM listener. He said that it might confuse shoppers as to whether or not a product could be recycled in the UK.
To solve this issue, Valpak and Trading Standards have produced guidancefor producers and consumers to better understand its meaning.

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough said: Valpak works to protect the use of the Green Dot trademark in the UK, and the work with Trading Standards will help to further promote this. Companies in the UK thinking of putting the trademark on their packaging should consider why they are wishing to do so. The Code of Practice document will promote clarification for the use and meaning of the trademark for companies within the UK.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.