Afvalfonds Verpakkingen



Afvalfonds Verpakkingen (‘Packaging Waste Fund’) 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 appointed by producers and importers.

System Description

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The main goal of Afvalfonds Verpakkingen 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.

Outsourced tasks
The binding Waste Management Contribution Agreement (ABBO, in Dutch) between all producers and importers and Afvalfonds Verpakkingen, came into effect on the 1st of January 2013. Afvalfonds Verpakkingen 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 off the market and recycled packaging waste;
  • Nederland Schoon: Prevention of packaging litter;
  • Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging: (Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken, KIDV) is responsible for the development, consolidation and sharing of factual knowledge about sustainable packaging based on the following principles: reduce, re-use, renew and recycle.


Producers and importers are responsible for collecting and recycling packaging they release on the Dutch market. Afvalfonds Verpakkingen administers this producer responsibility as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The system works according to the polluter-pays principle. Producers and importers, all businesses that make or use packaging, are responsible for collecting, sorting and recycling their packaging. So, they fund this themselves, via the Packaging Waste Management Fee, to Afvalfonds.

The more complex the packaging (containing, for example, a blend of different kinds of plastic and paper) the higher the fee. Fairly and evenly applied. This fee is distributed amongst municipalities, sorters and recyclers for collection and recycling.

Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen is completely committed to achieving the recycling targets, as defined by the Dutch government.

Communication activities

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Education and communication are key elements in stimulating citizens to separately collect their packaging waste in order to have it recycled. Nedvang provides municipalities with information for their own communication, but also organizes various communication activities, ranging from indications what packaging waste has to be sorted to national publicity campaigns.

Typical forms of communication to support separate collection and recycling are

  • Recycling newspapers
  • Advertisements
  • Commercials
  • Factsheets and other messages to municipalities
  • Education materials for primary schools
  • Online games
  • TV shows (especially for children)

Besides, education is crucial to Nedvang. Together with organizations aimed at the recycling of the separate materials, Nedvang develops education packages for elementary schools and their children.



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A circular economy is something we build together. Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen is responsible for a larger network. The activities of the organisations within this network are financed by us. The purpose? To ensure producer responsibility is administered as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • NederlandSchoon makes the Netherlands a cleaner place by combating and preventing litter.
  • Nedvang b.v , amongst other things, logs collection and recycling, organises transshipment, sorting and recycling of packaging waste from PMD and post-separation, and maintains contacts with municipalities and waste companies. 
  • The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) helps companies to make packaging better for recycling and more sustainable.
  • Statiegeld Nederland is responsible for the coordination and enforcement of the deposit scheme obligation for plastic bottles.



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Afvalfonds Verpakkingen

Overgoo 13
2266 JZ Leidschendam

Phone: +31 (0)85 401 26 60