Annual and Sustainability Report


6 – That’s the number of sustainability reports we’ve completed (including this one), five of them in accordance with or with reference to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). All of these are important documents that describe FTI’s sustainability work over the years and the socially beneficial activities conducted without profit. This is the final report for FTI. We proudly pass the torch to Sweden’s municipalities and Näringslivets Producentansvar, NPA.

2023 in brief


From FTI to NPA

In June 2022, the government decided on a new ordinance for producer responsibility for packaging. This means that from January 1, 2024, Sweden’s municipalities will be responsible for the packaging collection and, starting in 2027, will provide curbside collection to all households in Sweden. In addition to increasing the amount of packaging collected, the ordinance aims to increase reuse and recycling, which places new demands on the producers..

All producers must be affiliated with a producer responsibility organisation (PRO) approved by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, ensuring that collected packaging is recycled. The entire system, from collection to recycling, is funded by packaging fees. To meet the new higher demands of producer responsibility, several industry organisations have formed a new company, Näringslivets Producentansvar (NPA), which has been an approved PRO since November 2023. FTI’s operations will cease during 2024, and the company will eventually be phased out.

 

Collection = record upon record

More and more packaging is being source separated and collected. Over the past decade alone, collected volumes have increased by 25 percent. In 2013, the average Swede left 39 kilos for recycling, and by 2023, that number had increased to 49 kilos. This, in turn, has led to more frequent cleaning, the containers have been emptied with greater frequency and greater preparation has been required for long weekends and summer holidays. From 2013 to 2023, the number of container emptyings* doubled from 1.38 to 2.73 million times per year, and the number of cleanings increased from 426,000 to 531,000 times.
*This applies to paper, plastic, and metal packaging.

 

The ultra-modern facility Site Zero is inaugurated

In November, Swedish Plastic Recycling in Motala opened the doors to the world’s largest and most modern sorting facility for plastic packaging, Site Zero. What makes the facility unique is not its size or capacity but its advanced technology. Today, it can sort 12 different plastic fractions, three times more than before. Additionally, up to 95 percent of the plastic that arrives in Motala can be sorted for further recycling. This means that packaging previously sent to incineration can now be sorted and recycled, leading to reduced climate impact and, in some cases, lower costs.