The Green Dot is a license symbol to mark packaging for collecting and recycling the packaging materials of consumer goods. The logo is a worldwide protected brand symbol.
The German "Grüner Punkt" was invented by Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in 1991 following the introduction of a the German Packaging Ordinance under the Waste Act. The Green Dot scheme is now covering the European "Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive - 94/62/EC". It binds all companies which use packaging to recover their own packaging. If a company does not join the Green Dot scheme, they must collect recyclable packaging themselves. The system is present in 23 European countries. France, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria companies joining the Green Dot scheme and must use the logo.