Thanks to the fee contributions collected from participating licensees, Eco-Emballages and Adelphe help local authorities set up and optimize selective waste collections programmes by providing finance for the extra cost incurred by this type of collection and in operating sorting centres (the amount is based on the weight of separated material). Except for the very first pilot-sites, set up by Eco-Emballages, the schemes are never investing in selective collection but supporting the performance of this collection through financing sorted materials.
Since 1993, most packs participating in Eco-Emballages have been paying 0.15 € cent irrespective of the material or weight. From year 2000, the principles of the new fee structure provide for a fee by weight of each material + a fee per pack, taking into account packaging waste prevention which is a priority of European Directive 94/62/EC.
Over 10,000 licensees of various activity's sectors have joined Eco-Emballages, representing a turnover of 481 million €. The green dot on the packs means that the company contributes to finance the selective collection programmes set up by Eco-Emballages.
As the targets in 1992 were defined for 2002, the territory has been progressively coverd by Eco-Emballages : 17 million inhabitants in 1995, 45 million in 2000 and nearly a full coverage in 2008 (59.6 million). The administrative local structure - 36,600 municipalities - has been a limit to fast development but time has been an advantage to built a pragmatic and cost-efficient scheme including recycling and recovery.
About 12,000 licensees (mainly wine and spirit sector) representing a turnover of 37.5 million € have joined Adelphe and are using the green dot as a financial symbol by an agreement of sub-licence from Eco-Emballages. Adelphe is covering 3.5 million inhabitants for all materials and 5 million for the glass in contract with local authorities common to Eco-Emballages supporting the other four materials.