2016-12-15

Reporting of plastic carrier bags will now also need to be reported to the Swedish EPA 

The Swedish EPA has been tasked by the government to compile statistics on the number of plastic carrier bags imported into, or produced in, Sweden and intended for the Swedish market from January 1, 2017. The 2017 statistics will be based on data submitted in 2018.

As of January 1, 2017, anyone who produces or imports plastic carrier bags into Sweden on a professional basis will be required to report the number of thin and thick plastic carrier bags intended for the Swedish market. The applicable plastic bags are those supplied to consumers for packing and carrying goods away from their point of sale. Ordinance on Plastic Carrier Bags (2016:1041).

The aim is to obtain a realistic picture of how many plastic carrier bags are actually used in Sweden each year, and to reduce that number in order to conserve our resources and to reduce the land and marine pollution they cause.

The obligation to report data on plastic carrier bags to the EPA does not affect the reporting of your plastic packaging volumes to FTI. This will continue as before, since plastic carrier bags are packaging and will continue to be included in the volumes to report.

English translation, from Swedish information from the Swedish Environmental Agency 2016-12-13PDF

You can read more about the new legislation in the Ordinance on Plastic Carrier Bags.