Increased efforts to achieve the recycling targets for plastic packaging by 2020

Last year, Swedes recycled 42.2 percent of all plastic packaging. With a new, ambitious partnership agreement and communication activities, which include a plastics guide to help companies choose more recyclable plastic packaging, FTI and Plastkretsen are aiming towards the use of even more plastic packaging for new products.

Swedes are currently exceeding the national target for plastic recycling. The national recycling target for plastic packaging will be raised from today’s 30 percent to 50 percent in 2020. FTI and Plastkretsen are now implementing several initiatives to achieve and surpass future objectives.

New agreement for the recycling of plastic packaging

On behalf of Plastkretsen, FTI has signed a new agreement with Swerec on handling plastic packaging for recycling. The new agreement is more specific and detailed with a clearer requirement specification. The agreement includes more comprehensive measurement and follow-up than previously to ensure that contracted levels are achieved.

Investments in a new recycling plant

Plastkretsen is planning to build a new recycling plant in Motala in order to handle the rising volumes of plastic packaging that are set to be sent for recycling.

“The agreement between FTI and Swerec is important to safeguard our recycling of plastic packaging in the short term. However, to also meet the raised targets for 2020 we need to further increase recycling capacity and increase communication campaigns,” says Magnus Huss at Plastkretsen.

Plastic Guide that helps companies make the right choice

FTI recently published a manual that helps packaging developers, purchasers and sustainability managers make smarter choices of packaging materials. The manual provides guidance on which plastics are best to use in respect of sorting, processing and sales. A similar manual is already available for glass packaging and manuals for paper and metal packaging will be produced later this autumn.

“We know that total responsibility is crucial for circular business models also for packaging. It is therefore important, even from the design stage, to make the actual recycling easier in order to facilitate an increase in recycling,” says Kent Carlsson, CEO of FTI.

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Settlement between FTI and Swerec