Am I a business Packaging Obligate?
Under the Law (L.32(1)/2002) obligate organizations are:
Companies which produce and package, or appoint third parties for this purpose, of goods (with neutral packaging or packaging bearing their label) for the purpose of trading them in Cyprus.
Companies which import packaged goods for the purpose of trading them in Cyprus.
Companies which import packaged goods for their own use (raw material, engine spare parts and equipment, etc).
Companies which as transporters (supermarkets, commercial stores) package or appoint third parties to package on their behalf goods under their own private label for the purpose of trading them in Cyprus.
Companies which use facilitation packaging, either without a label or under their private label. This kind of packaging is used at the point where the service is offered to consumers or users, in combination with the supply of goods or services. In this category are for example, wrapping paper, paper and other bread bags, pizza boxes, supermarket and other commercial stores’ carrier bags, carrier bags handed out at exhibitions and other shows, etc. Companies which hand out free packaged goods as part of a promotion or as samples.
Any companies that come under one of the above categories and place in the market a total of over 2 tons of overall packaging (primary, secondary or tertiary packaging) every year are obligated under the Law to recover and recycle specified amounts of the packaging which they place in the market.
It is clarified here that the obligation in Cyprus concerns only products placed in the Cyprus market (not exports or re-exports).
In any case, obligate is an organization which first places the products in the market (first which produces, or first which imports and releases in Cyprus).
What is the basic information that one must have about Collective Systems
A company which opts to come into a contract with a Collective System for Packaging Waste should be aware that the Collective System:
-Represents many obligate organizations
-Should be a non-profit organization under the Law
-Submits a detailed business plan to the competent authorities and is licensed for a six year period
-Undertakes the collective obligation on the total of the packaging which its members place in the market (the packaging no longer has an identity).
-Develops collective and large-scale activities capable of achieving the targets of recovery and recycling which it undertakes on behalf of its members.
-Participation in a Collective Management System requires a fee payable to the System by all its company members.
-When the member pays its fee to the Collective System it is RELIEVED of any responsibility for the management of packaging and the responsibility is transferred to the Collective System.
How can you meet your obligation for recovery by using an Individual Recovery System?
A Company which opts to develop an Individual Packaging Management System should:
Demonstrate to the state that it implements a system of guarantees
Submit to the competent authority data concerning the description of the system it implements as concerns targets and methods, the technical and financial infrastructure it has in place for the implementation of the system and details of the manner of operation in order to establish its capability to comply with the laws.
Pays the approved fee the level of which corresponds with the administrative cost of considering the application.
Proves that recyclable products which are collected end up for recycling in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Specifically, you should draft a detailed list of the packaging for which you are obligated. Then you should contact all your clients to establish what they do with the packaging as soon as they use your products. You should also collect and recover all your waste which you unpack by yourselves or through your associates and place them for recycling with licensed package waste managers.
Then you should compare these two streams of information as described above in order to ensure that you achieve the percentages set by the law. The amounts for recovery are now at 60% and for recycling at 55% of the total of packaging material that each business places in the market. Additionally, you must ensure that the percentages mentioned in the legislation of each packaging material which you place in the market is recycled.
You must repeat this exercise every year.
Meeting these obligations may prove very time-consuming and with particularly high costs, especially if you carry them out by yourselves.
What is the obligation of Organizations for the Recovery and Recycling of their Packaging as well as for informing the Authorities?
The Law imposes specific obligations to the obligate businesses for the packaging they place in the market, in the percentages shown below:

At least 60% should be reclaimed and 55% recycled of the total weight of packaging material that each company places into the market, with the minimum percentages of recycling per packaging material as shown below:
60% by weight, for glass
60% by weight, for paper and cardboard
50% by weight, for metals
22.5% by weight, for plastics, taking exclusively into consideration material which is recycled again into plastic
15% by weight, for wood.
This means that every obligate business has the obligation to deal with the management of some quantities of every type of packaging it places in the market and to demonstrate that it is doing so with the right and substantiated methods every year.

More specifically,
Your obligations as a packaging obligate to the State are the following:
If you place in the market less that a total of 2 tons of packaging per year then you have obligations to inform the Authorities (Environment Service).
If you place more than a total of 2 tons of total packaging in the market per year then you have both the obligation to inform the Authorities (Environment Service) as well as the obligation to recover and recycle your packaging on the basis of the above percentages.
In brief, how to meet your obligation to inform?
Obligated organizations for packaging should provide data numbers to the government concerning the volume of packaging they place in the Cyprus market and to demonstrate the manner in which they have received proof that their packaging has been recovered and recycled. Once a year, they should submit this information to the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, specifically to the Environment Service.
As far as Cyprus is concerned, there are also logos, as shown below, which have been created by Green Dot Cyprus for the purpose of facilitating the consumer to correctly sort the materials, projecting at the same time the Company Social Responsibility of our company-members.
What are the Recycling Logos displayed on packaging?
The companies–members of Green Dot Cyprus have the right to display the Green Dot logo on the packaging of products they sell.
The Green Dot logo appearing on a packaging is an indication that the company which imports or packages the product in Cyprus is a member of a Collective System such as Green Dot Cyprus and financially contributes for the recycling of the packaging of the product. This logo does not declare whether a packaging can by recycled or not.

Read more about the Green Dot Logo in the section “The Green Dot Logo”
I am a company and I recycle the cardboard boxes left at my premises. Should I be registered as a member of Green Dot Cyprus?
The fact that you recycle your commercial packaging is independent of whether you are obliged under legislation to participate in a collective system such as Green Dot Cyprus. These are two completely different matters and should not be confused.
I recycle my packaging means I respect the environment, health and my clients and I keep my premises clean.
I am a member of Green Dot Cyprus means that I transfer my responsibility under the law for the recovery and recycling of my packaging to Green Dot Cyprus and it is Green Dot Cyprus which from now on is responsible for the recovery and recycling of the packaging and the achievement of targets required by the law.
My company is in an area where there is no recycling. Should I register as a member of Green Dot Cyprus?
The fact that your company is in an area where there is no recycling is independent from the fact that you are obliged under the law to participate in a collective system such as Green Dot Cyprus. They are two completely different matters and should not be confused.
I am a member of Green Dot Cyprus means that I transfer my responsibility under the law for the recovery and recycling of my packaging to Green Dot Cyprus and it is Green Dot Cyprus which from now on is responsible for the recovery and recycling of the packaging and the achievement of targets required by the law.
Recycling my packaging means that I respect the environment, health and my clients and I keep my premises clean. If in your area no recycling is carried out then you may contact the Municipality or Community councils and ask to be informed if there are any other solutions to the management of your waste.
I am a member of Green Dot Cyprus but my packaging is not collected by the Organization for recycling. Why?
Green Dot Cyprus as a Collective System is responsible for the recovery and recycling of a percentage of packaging (as determined by the Law) which its members place in the market. The Organization targets packaging whose management will have the lesser possible cost. For this reason it chooses which packaging it will collect and in what way.
If Green Dot Cyprus were to collect the packaging of all its company-members it would dramatically increase the overall cost of the System as it would have to be active in all the areas of Cyprus even in the most remote village as the company-member might be located at such village and at the same time to collect for management all packaging without exception.
Increase however of the management costs of Green Dot Cyprus would lead to increase in the fees that its members pay and therefore an increase of the price of the products we buy as consumers.
I am a member of Green Dot Cyprus. Does Green Dot Cyprus achieve the targets required by legislation or will be company find itself unprotected?
From 2010 and every year since, Green Dot Cyprus achieves the targets set by legislation. You can see the results of recycling and the Organization’s course up to now by visiting OUR ORGANISATION
I am a member of Green Dot Cyprus and I believe that the fees I pay are very high. What is our position in comparison with other countries?
Green Dot Cyprus’ fees are about in the average in comparison with other countries and corresponding collective systems.
Are there penalties in the case that an obligate company does not comply with the legislation?
There are penalties and they are described in Article 26 of Law 32(1)/2002.
How is the money collected by Green Dot Cyprus from its members used?
The income of the Organization both from its company-members and from the other sources of revenue of the Organization (see the section “Financial Resources”) is used for the operation of the Organization with the main aim being the achievement of the targets set by legislation with the lesser possible cost. Green Dot Cyprus, as a non-profit Organization, uses any possible surplus as the following year’s revenue.
Can I become a shareholder of Green Dot Cyprus? Do shareholders receive dividends?
Every obligate company can cooperate with Green Dot Cyprus either as a shareholder or as a member. Green Dot Cyprus as a non-profit Organization does not give dividends to shareholders. The only difference between shareholders and members is the ability to elect and be elected in the Organization’s Board of Directors which only the shareholders have.
Are there corresponding Collective Systems such as Green Dot Cyprus in the other countries of Europe?
Yes, there are in the other countries of Europe also Collective Systems which function in a similar way as Green Dot Cyprus. This occurs because European Directive 94/62 for packaging and packaging waste applies to all the EU member-states. This is the reason also for the presence of the Green Dot Trademark on product packaging that is transported in other countries also. Only companies who participate in these Collective Systems have the exclusive right to use the Trademark.

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