The Packaging Waste Fund (Afvalfonds Verpakkingen) was established by producers and importers to collectively meet the extended producer responsibilities as stated in the Packaging Decree and Packaging Agreement. It is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a board of directors, who are themselves elected by producers and importers.
Goal of the Packaging Waste Fund
The main goal of the Packaging Waste Fund is to implement the Packaging Agreement. To achieve this goal, we focus on the coordination and implementation of various tasks such as:
establishing and maintaining a waste management system to achieve national recycling targets;
working with municipalities and other parties to compensate for the collection or processing of (separated) waste packaging;
the minimisation of packaging litter;
monitoring and reporting on the usage, collection, and re-use of packaging materials; and
establishing the rates, and collecting contributions from producers and importers.
The binding Waste Management Contribution Agreement (ABBO, in Dutch) between all producers and importers and the Packaging Waste Fund, came into effect on the 1st of January 2013. The Packaging Waste Fund establishes and collects the packaging waste management contribution, and outsources other tasks to various organisations through service level agreements and/or funding. These organisations include:
Nedvang: Monitoring of packaging on the market and recycled packaging waste, calculating recycling results
Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging: The Packaging Agreement provided for the establishment of the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken), which is now operational and responsible for the packaging sustainability agenda. The Institute is an independent foundation, governed by the organisations involved in the Packaging Agreement: the municipalities, national government and the producers and importers.