Learn more about our model

Who are we?

The non-profit environmental group Ecoembes was founded to make sure that packaging firms abide by their legal requirements to collect and recycle household packaging waste in the most effective and sustainable manner while ensuring its circularity.

We are what is known as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) and the scope of our responsibility centers on waste from light household packaging (plastic, metal and cartons) and paper/cardboard that is put on the market every year by companies belonging to Ecoembes, and which represents the total universe of waste under our responsibility.

Here, we describe our model's characteristics, associated expenses, and method of financing. Additionally, we explain how it will change over the next few years.

A productive and cooperative model

The management of the packaging waste we produce throughout our everyday activities is a responsibility shared by governments, businesses, and individuals. At Ecoembes, we make sure that every link in this chain works effectively together and is committed to creating a world that is more circular and sustainable.

Thus, we create a public-private partnership-based paradigm with increased efficiency and social and environmental advantages.

Find out how we ensure the efficiency of the model

We all work together to encourage circular packaging

We assist businesses in integrating eco-design into the production of their packaging and manage and support the selective collection of packaging waste in Spain.

In completing this effort, we want to achieve packaging circularity, which will help to promote environmental sustainability.

Thanks to all of them, it is possible to give packaging a new life, preserving resources and caring for our environment.

The cost of managing household packaging waste

Ecoembes assists local authorities in financing the expenses of their selective packaging waste collection services as the organization that channels the obligations of the businesses that make up the system and finance the procedure. In order to do this, we create agreements that guarantee this collection is carried out in the most effective manner at the least expensive in terms of the economy, society, and the environment.

More than 600 million euros are spent on proper waste management each year. Waste collection, sorting, and treatment costs, public awareness programmes, and structural costs are some of the expenses that must be met (control and monitoring costs, R&D&i and others). Here are some specifics.

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Green Dot allows us to make it feasible

A fair and proportional system of contributions from all involved agents provides funding for the model. By paying Green Dot fees, which are determined by the number of packages and kinds of materials put on the market each year, they provide around 90% of the required income. The remaining 10% comes from the sale of collected materials to recycling businesses.

We use any financial surplus we get as a non-profit organization to pay for the upcoming year. By doing this, we help the system as a whole become more resilient and helpful.

How are Green Dot fees determined?

The agents in the packaging value chain who are represented in the several Ecoembes organizations and working groups are in charge of determining the Green Dot fee, which only depends on the expenses of handling light household waste.

This illustration depicts the procedure:

An ever-evolving model

In order to adapt to a society that is becoming more conscious of the need to protect the environment and to the new goals established by the European Union, our model is continually changing.

At every level of the procedure, we use creativity and technology to do this as quickly as feasible. Therefore, technologies like big data, sensor technology, the Internet of things, or blockchain are employed in projects like Planta 4.0, SmartWaste, or Circular Chain created inside TheCircularLab to enhance the control, monitoring, and management of waste.

The deflated unit cost of collecting and sorting in the yellow bin, the main measure of the model's effectiveness, has been decreased by 11.7% between 2010 and 2020 as a result of process improvement and cost control.

RECICLOS: a significant step toward future recycling

The existing selective collection paradigm is evolving as a result of technology. The first Return and Reward System (RRS) chosen by Ecoembes as a successful development of the operational model, RECICLOS, provides evidence of this.

Using sustainable or social incentives without abandoning such a deeply ingrained habit as the usage of the yellow bin, this RRS, which started to be implemented in 2019, is changing how residents engage in the selective collection of drink cans and plastic bottles.

A solution for all packaging

Starting January 1, 2025, companies will also be required to take responsibility for the commercial and industrial packaging they place on the market. To assist our companies, Ecoembes offers a comprehensive, expert, and high-quality solution for all their packaging needs.

Do you wish to learn more about the model?

Our Transparency Site includes information on the management of our packaging members, Ecoembes' operations, our governance structure, and our non-profit funding approach. You won't have any uncertainties because you will have all the facts at your fingertips.

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