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System results

On this page you have the opportunity of acquainting yourself with the overall results of the EKO‑KOM System.

During the period from 1997 until the end of 2015 the EKO‑KOM System has assured recovery and recycling more than 8 million tons of packaging waste for its clients.

The EKO‑KOM System, which has fulfilled the terms of authorisation in the long-term, ensures that waste from used packaging is separated by the consumer, collected and subsequently undergoes final separation and is recovered as a reusable material. The EKO‑KOM System fulfils statutory obligations specified by EU guideline on behalf of its clients.

Development of numbers of municipalities and clients in the EKO‑KOM System

Number of municipalities and clients in the EKO‑KOM system

At the present time, 20,382 companies producing or importing packaged goods participate in the EKO‑KOM system operating the collection network for packaging recycling. Through the EKO‑KOM system, these companies cooperate with 6,085 municipalities in the Czech Republic, with a population of 10,479 thousand people, i.e. 99% of the population. All these people are able to separate their waste and 72% of the Czech population already does this.

By means of an authorised packaging company, companies producing packaged goods provide for collection of separated packaging waste and its treatment to yield a good-quality raw material that has rational use either in the Czech Republic or abroad. 

Clients of the EKO‑KOM System introduced 2,912,907 tons of packaging onto the market in 2015.

Structure of non-refundable packaging 2015

Structure of non-refundable packaging 2015


The percentage of individual materials used by clients of the EKO‑KOM System for packaging their products remains practically unchanged over the years and the material structure differs by simple per cent units in comparison to previous years.

Total quantity of recovered packaging waste

Total quantity of recovered packaging waste

The quantity of recovered waste increases every year. In 2015 the EKO‑KOM, a.s. Company ensured utilisation and recycling of 730,662 tons of packaging waste on behalf of its clients.

Every month the EKO‑KOM System successfully recovery more than 60 thousand tons of household waste and industrial waste.

Attained level of recovery and recycling of packaging waste in 2015

Attained level of recovery and recycling of packaging waste in 2015

As the graph indicates, paper makes up the greatest volume of recycled packaging in the Czech Republic, followed by glass, plastic, metal and beverage cartons. The total recycling of packaging waste in the EKO‑KOM system has reached a level of 75%. In addition to fulfilling legal obligations, the EKO‑KOM system demonstrably has had a favourable impact in protecting the environment in the Czech Republic.

EKO‑KOM has good results and low costs compared to the rest of Europe.

Over the past 15 years, in co-operation with Czech industry and the municipalities, the EKO‑KOM company has created a stable and effective system that is recognized and highly effective in the European context, both from the viewpoint of the attained degree of recycling packaging waste and also from the viewpoint of the costs of separation and recycling calculated per inhabitant and year.

This unambiguously confirms the BIO Intelligence Service study, which was contracted by the European Commission and which, amongst other things, compares the costs expended for separating and recycling packaging in various countries of the European Union with the achieved high level of recycling. After detailed assessment, in 2014 the authors of the study concluded that, from the viewpoint of overall costs, the Czech system of collecting and re-using packaging waste is the most effective in the compared countries.

It is necessary to expend about EUR 5 per inhabitant for the separation and recycling of packaging in the Czech Republic. These costs are more than twice as high in Germany, not quite EUR 12. Austria has the highest costs – EUR 20 per inhabitant – which is four times that in the Czech Republic. On the other hand, the separation system in Belgium is comparable and only slightly more expensive than that in this country.

The municipalities with their good organization of waste separation and also individuals, who separate waste voluntarily and well, unambiguously contribute to the high effectiveness of the system. Thanks to systematic awareness campaigns, over 70% of the population consistently separates waste and this fraction is constantly increasing. The education of children and adults to sensibly and effectively separate waste constitutes one of the activities of the EKO‑KOM company.

Increasing participation in separation is accompanied by a gradual increase in the amount of separated waste per inhabitant. In 2015, every inhabitant in the Czech Republic separated 42.3 kg of plastics, glass, paper and beverage cartons, placing us at the top of the ladder in Europe. Amongst other things, the constantly increasing amount of separated waste indicates that the separation system is sufficient accessible and comprehensible and easy-to-use for the population. Thus, at the present time, more than 72% of the population of the Czech Republic actively participates in waste separation, i.e. almost three quarters of the population!


The EKO‑KOM system managed to achieve the level of recycling and recovery required by the law on packaging and the high effectiveness of the system thanks to a great many supportive activities:

  • Apart from financing separate collection in municipalities, it also realises regional projects, which have two main goals. One of these is to provide technical support to municipalities during recovery and separation of packaging waste and the second is education of inhabitants and assurance of better awareness of waste separation and recycling.
  • It is the goal of the technical support to provide the inhabitants with a sufficiently dense collection network and thus to improve the amount and quality of the separated waste. The collection network, currently numbering 272,000 containers, was increased in the context of the projects to promote intensification and improvement of separated collection.
  • Since 2003, cooperation has been developed with facilities for treating and processing separated commodities to ensure stable provision for waste recovery and recycling. The waste separated by the inhabitants is further separated and treated on separation lines to produce recycled secondary raw materials. Prior to processing, more than 95% of separated waste is treated and further separated on final separation lines in the Czech Republic. The actual recycling of some difficult-to-utilize waste must also be supported financially.

  • In order to obtain up-to-date information on the fractions of packaging components in mixed and separated municipal waste, the EKO‑KOM company performs regular analyses of the composition of separated and mixed waste. These analyses are used to determine the percentage fraction of packaging components in the separated collection of individual commodities, for which a fee is paid to the municipalities.

  • From the viewpoint of reporting, a key role of the authorised company consists in providing for records of all packaging and waste flows, including their control and regular audits. This is necessary not only for demonstration of compliance with the law, but especially for drawing up statistics for the European Commission. To get a better idea of the situation, it is necessary to point out that a total of 28 thousand companies and municipalities now participate in the system, corresponding to the need to provide for several hundred essential audits per year as a basis for packaging and waste records.

  • The law also requires that the authorised company provide in the specified extent for the prescribed addressing of consumers and perform awareness-raising, education of students and other activities directed towards encouraging people to separate waste actively and effectively. This corresponds to a range of activities from the compulsory extent of advertising in the media, through detailed informing of consumers about separation, to the obligation to provide every year for the direct teaching of separation and recycling for more than 190,000 school children.

  • From 2000 the EKO‑KOM, a.s. authorised packaging company has held an annual professional conference titled Waste and municipalities, at which representatives of municipalities and waste collection companies have the opportunity of acquiring new information about waste issues and meeting with experts in waste management.


Lucie Müllerova


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