establishment, it was always envisaged that a logo would be adopted.
This logo is intended to signify participation in a packaging waste
recovery and recycling scheme operated by an Approved Body. There
is provision for this within the Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations,
1997. Article 17 of these Regulations states, as follows:
shall, otherwise than with the written consent of an approved body,
display at any premises or on or in any product, packaging, advertisement
or notice, any logo or other mark or symbol designed and adopted
by that approved body for use by producers certified by that approved
body for the purposes of
Any logo could
have been adopted. However, account had to be taken of Ireland's
position within a European and global market and also existing logos.
For these reasons, Repak adopted the Green Dot. Its use is pan-European
and is administered by PRO-Europe (Packaging Recovery Organisation
Europe). Countries using the Green Dot manage this organisation.
The Green Dot
is a registered trademark and Repak is permitted by PRO-Europe to
sub-license the use of the Green Dot to its Members. Anyone wishing
to use the Green Dot must enter into a Trademark Licence Agreement
Repak is responsible
for protecting the Green Dot, on behalf of its Members, under article
17 of the Regulations and as a trademark, thereby maintaining its
integrity as a financial participation statement.