Prevention plans

What professional profile is best suited to carrying out the functions of contact person for the Ecoembes PEP?

Over the course of the three-year long PEP, your company must inform Ecoembes of the waste prevention measures implemented in your packaging. So we request a contact person at your company that we can communicate with. In this regard, we recommend someone with a technical profile: Packaging, Quality, Environment, R&D, etc., since these profiles are the best suited to the joint work that will be required over the next few years.

How can I request membership in the Ecoembes industry PEP?

You can request membership in the 2015-2017 Prevention Plan by filling out this form.

What are the requirements for joining the PEP managed by Ecoembes?

To participate in the Ecoembes industry PEP you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a valid contract with Ecoembes.
  • Be current on your obligations pursuant to said contract: you must have no debts outstanding, you must comply with the audit and information quality requirements, etc.
  • Report annually on the prevention measures implemented during the PEP period before February 28 of each year. Moreover, you must be current on the responsibilities associated with verifying said measures.
  • File an Annual Packaging Declaration:
    • Before 28 February of every year.
    • Via detailed computerized forms. Declarations with no details, meaning simplified or import declarations, will not be accepted, as these do not include the information needed to prepare the PEP monitoring and tracking reports.
    • With information on all your packaging, whether SIG (pay Green Dot fees) or NON-SIG/REUSABLE (do not pay Green Dot fees), since the PEP is applicable to all packaging regardless of whether or not they pay into the SIG. It is important to remember that including the NON-SIG/REUSABLE information in the Annual Packaging Declaration does not translate into an increase in the amount declared.

What are the advantages of participating in the industry PEP run by Ecoembes?

  • It is a free service that we at Ecoembes include as part of our strategy for facilitating our member companies’ compliance with legal requirements.
  • It saves on the number of resources a company must devote, since at Ecoembes we handle the preparation and writing of the PEP, having it approved and presenting the annual Monitoring and Tracking Reports.
  • At Ecoembes we pledge to comply on behalf of our member companies with the requirements imposed by the Autonomous Communities.
  • The information in the Monitoring and Tracking Report is reported as a whole for the industry.
  • At Ecoembes we make available to PEP member companies a series of tools for creating more sustainable packaging: packaging benchmarking, eco-design best practices search engine, recyclability guides, etc., and we offer member companies the chance to disseminate their prevention achievements.

How can I comply with this legal requirement?

RD 782/98 lays out the possibility of filing a Prevention Plan individually or as part of a group through the Integrated Management Plan (SIG) that your company is enrolled in.

The table below briefly describes the tasks that a company must complete if it files an individual PEP, and the distribution of responsibilities between the company and Ecoembes if the company is enrolled in the Ecoembes industry PEP:

Is my company required to file a Company Prevention Plan (PEP)?

RD 782/1998, which implements Law 11/1997 on Packaging and Packaging Waste, establishes the requirement to have a Company Prevention Plan (PEP) for waste for those companies that package products or that import packaged products in amounts that exceed the following thresholds for the weight of packaging material marketed:

  • 250 tons of glass packaging material.
  • 50 tons of steel packaging material.
  • 30 tons of aluminum packaging material.
  • 21 tons of plastic packaging material.
  • 16 tons of wood packaging material.
  • 14 tons of paper/cardboard or composite packaging material.
  • 350 tons of total packaging material even if the individual thresholds listed above are not exceeded.

Remember that these thresholds include the packaging intended for household, commercial and/or industrial use that is generated over the course of one year.