Germany's 'Green Dot' Waste Management System

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Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 1990-2007
Pub Date : 2007
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : DSD GmbH
Industry : Services (Waste Management)
Countries : Germany


The 'Green Dot', a waste management system, was developed to reduce packaging waste as well as to increase recycling/reuse rates in Germany. The case discusses the Green Dot system, giving details about the waste collection, sorting and disposal mechanisms, the charges that companies had to pay to become a part of the system, etc.

It then gives an account of the initial obstacles faced by the system and the measures taken to surmount them. It also compares the Green Dot system with the system followed in the UK. The case ends with a brief discussion on recent happenings in the German waste industry.


Understand some of the environmental and social pressures that companies have to deal with today

Discuss the ways in which companies can minimize the quantity of waste that they generate, and what governments can do to encourage this

Understand the waste management system adopted in Germany

Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the system

Appreciate the advantages of competition and the effects of monopolization


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Initial Hiccups 5
The Green Dot is a Success 7
Criticisms 8
Allegations of Monopoly Abuses 10
The Deposit Scheme 11
DSD as a For-Profit Organization 11
Outlook 12
Exhibits 13


Green Dot, Packaging waste, Environmental responsibilities of industry, Legislation, EU Packaging Ordinance, Waste management in Germany, Competition, Monopolization

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