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Statistics


Every year, we are getting better at recycling together. The interest in recycling has never been stronger, according to our latest statistics.

We have statistics that both show how good the Swedish residents are at sorting their packaging and leaving it to our collection service, and how much of it that gets recycled and can become new packaging and products.

Material collected

Collection rate

Recycling rate

Material quality

Recycling barometer

Collected material 2021

Collection statistics

  • Illustration av en vikttyngd

    53

    kg packaging per person

  • Illustration av återvinningsbehållare

    2,4

    million recycling bins filled

  • Illustration av en vikttyngd

    552 600

    tonnes of newspapers and packaging

Material collected shows the amount of packaging collected from households via FTI’s recycling stations and curbside collection services.

Statistics for Sweden (national)

The figures refer to kg/person.

Our press release on the 2021 collection statistics


About the collection statistics

The collection statistics are based on reported amounts of packaging that Swedish households have left for recycling at one of FTI's approximately 5,000 recycling stations in the country, or from the approximately two million households with property collection, where the packaging is collected by FTI. The material we collect is taken care of and recycled by our owners. At the recycling facilities, the material is sorted so that as much as possible can be recycled into new packaging or products.

Collection rate

From our producers

  • Piktogram för glasförpackningar

    94%

    Glass

  • Piktogram för metallförpackningar

    80%

    Metal

  • Piktogram för papper

    79%

    Paper

  • Piktogram för plastförpackningar

    47%

    Plastic

The collection rate shows the amount of material placed on the market by FTI-affiliated companies that has been collected for either recycling or energy recovery. Energy recovery refers to the incineration and conversion of non-recyclable materials into district heating and electricity.

More information and statistics from prior years


All of the materials we collect from our recycling stations and curbside collection services are sent to various recycling facilities where they are sorted for further processing into new products or for energy recovery.

Recycling rate

Material recycling

  • 65%

    of all packaging is recycled to make new product (The Swedish government’s targets for 2020)

  • 72%

    of all packaging was recycled to make new products (Our result 2020)

The recycling rate shows how much packaging has been recycled and used to make new products.
Under the Swedish government’s new targets, which are more ambitious than those set by the EU, at least 65 percent of all packaging placed on the market must be recycled to make new products. The new statistics for 2020 from FTI’s owners show that the overall recycling rate for glass, paper, plastic and metal packaging was 72 percent. While the overall recycling rate exceeds the target, we have still not achieved the specific recycling targets for plastic and paper packaging. These targets can be achieved by increasing collection and recycling rates and boosting innovation.

Recycling rate per material


  • Piktogram för glasförpackningar

    94%

    Glass

  • Piktogram för papper

    77%

    Paper

  • Piktogram för plastförpackningar

    28%

    Plastic

  • Piktogram för metallförpackningar

    87%

    Metal (steel)

  • Piktogram för metallförpackningar

    56%

    Metal (aluminum)

More statistics for recycling rates and what the figures mean


On this page, we present recycling statistics from FTI’s owners (Svensk Plaståtervinning, Returkartong, Svensk Glasåtervinning and Metallkretsen) for the 2020 operational year.

Recycling rate (%)

GLASS PAPER PLASTIC METAL
(STEEL)
METAL
(ALUMINUM)
NEWSPAPERS TOTAL
PACKAGING WASTE
Total recycling statistics 2020* 94% 77% 28% 87% 56% 89,6% 72%
Household recycling statistics 94% 66% 15% 93% 53%
Commercial recycling statistics 94% 84% 46% 81% 84%
The Swedish government’s targets for 2020 90% 85% 50% 70% 50% 90% 65%

* Refers to the proportion of the amount of packaging that has been placed on the market and reported to FTI, which has been collected and recycled into recycled raw material.

 

Recycling rate, tonnes

GLASS PAPER PLASTIC METAL
(STEEL)
METAL
(ALUMINUM)
NEWSPAPERS TOTAL
PACKAGING WASTE
Put on the market 2020 (tonnes) 233 001 561 546 192 538 23 747 6 800 1 017 632
Recycled household (tonnes) 130 711 17437 10 655 3 137
Recycled commercial (tonnes) 302 784 36 720 10 010 697
Recycled total (tonnes) 217 940* 433 495 54 157 20 665 3 835 144 000 730 092

*Glass is not broken down into household and commercial, since the collection is handled in joint flows.

Material quality


  • 1/4

    of the materials we collect have not been sorted correctly at source

Sampling carried out in 2020 showed that up to one quarter of FTI’s collected material had been sorted incorrectly. Some packaging had been placed in the wrong recycling bins, as well as waste that wasn’t packaging. The incorrectly sorted materials included toys, electronics, frying pans and gift-wrapping ribbon that should have been taken to staffed municipal recycling centers or placed in household waste.

By sampling, we obtain an overall view of the quality of the paper, plastic and metal packaging that FTI has collected. We are working to reduce the amount of incorrectly sorted packaging by:

  • Clear labels on packaging and recycling bins
  • The Sorting Guide – makes it easy to sort correctly
  • Information campaigns and material for consumers and companies

 

More about sampling


Material quality statistics, 2020

Packaging Non-packaging Waste
Plastic packaging 71,7% 12% 16,3%
Paper packaging 82,5% 12,5% 5,0%
Metal packaging 64,7% 21,6% 13,7%

2021 Recycling Barometer

Årlig undersökning

  • 96 %

    recycle their packaging

  • 90 %

    think it is important to recycle their packaging

  • 87 %

    recycle to protect the environment

Every year, the Recycling Barometer is conducted to examine Sweden’s residents’ recycling habits and attitudes to recycling. The survey is conducted by Kantar Sifo on behalf of FTI. This year’s survey shows that 96 percent state that they sort their packaging at source.

Households that participated in the survey state that they leave 79 percent of their packaging for recycling. Glass and metal packaging is sorted at source to a greater extent than paper and plastic packaging, which is perceived to be more difficult to sort.

3 out of 10 state that a better storage for source sorting at home would make them recycle more and 2 out of 10 believe that it is more convenient to throw the packaging in the household waste.

The most common place to leave your packaging is recycling stations, followed by environmental rooms. 77 percent are satisfied with their recycling solution.

The recycling barometer shows that we are good at source sorting and recycling in Sweden, but we can get better. Even more packaging needs to be sorted out, especially paper and plastic. Sorting ones packaging at source is an easy way to make a difference. Each package counts and contributes to a more sustainable world.

More results from the Recycling Barometer


More figures

Find more statistics

You can also find national statistics on recycling targets for packaging and packaging waste on the EPA’s website.

Frequently asked questions