Legislative Framework

Dutch and EU Packaging Waste legislation
In the Netherlands, producers and importers of packaged products are legally responsible for the prevention, collection and recycling of packaging waste. This extended producer responsibility follows from Dutch national legislation implementing the European directive on packaging and packaging waste (the Packing (Management) Decree 2014 (Besluit beheer verpakkingen 2014), which implements European Directive 94/62/EC). This extended producer responsibility applies to companies that are the first to make packed products available to another in the Netherlands and/or who remove the packaging on import.

Waste Management Contribution Agreement
The Waste Management Contribution Agreement (ABBO) is binding on all producers and importers of packaged products in the Netherlands. Producers and importers responsible for more than 50,000 kg of packaging in any given calendar year must register with Afvalfonds Verpakkingen, declare their packaging weight and pay the fees accordingly. By doing so, producers and importers meet the majority of obligations they have under the Packaging Decree, including the recycling targets. Since January 1st of 2018 this also applies to foreign entrepreneurs who are the first to make packaged products available to consumers in the Netherlands.

You can find further information in our Policy 2019.

National agreement 

On 27 June 2012 the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (at that time the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and the Packaging Industry signed the Packaging Agreement (Raamovereenkomst verpakkingen) 2013-2022 which states, amongst other things, that companies must recycle more packaging material and make the entire packaging chain sustainable. The collective implementation of the extended producer responsibility is guaranteed via Afvalfonds Verpakkingen. In order to cover the associated costs, Afvalfonds Verpakkingen levies a mandatory packaging waste management contribution on the bases of the Waste Management Contribution Agreeement for Packaging (Afvalbeheersbijdrageovereenkomst Verpakkingen/ABBO) which has been declared universally binding by the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management.

According to the Packaging Agreement and the Packaging Decree, the national recycling targets for packaging materials should be reached. Each year Afvalfonds Verpakkingen reports the recycling results.