Spain transposed European Directive 94/62/EC into Packaging and Packaging Waste Act 11/97. This law states that there are two options for companies who place household packaging on the Spanish market: a Deposit and Return System, or joining an Integrated Management System (SIG).
ECOEMBALAJES ESPAÑA, S.A. (ECOEMBES) was founded by Spanish industry and trade in order to develop an Integrated Management System (SIG) to implement this legislation, and already boasts more than 12.051 member companies, having signed agreements with 107 local and regional authorities.
The purpose of Ecoembes is to run, in collaboration with local and regional governments, system for selective collection of household lightweight and paper-cardboard packaging waste for subsequent treatment and recovery in order to fulfill the legal recovery and recycling targets in the most environmental and economical efficient way. Besides, Ecoembes provides its licensed companies with technical support in prevention and R&D in order to minimize the impact of packaging waste and make better use for materials.