Producer responsibility for waste paper (newspapers, catalogs, flyers and so forth) ended on January 1, 2022 when municipalities became responsible for collecting newspapers. This means that producers are no longer responsible for collecting and recycling the newspapers that are placed on the market. This responsibility has now been handed over to municipalities.
Newspapers and waste paper
Separate your newspapers, magazines, journals, catalogs, flyers, brochures, printer paper, drawing paper and paperback books. But throw envelopes and Post-it Notes in your household waste, or sort them as combustible waste.
From 2022, Sweden’s municipalities are responsible for collecting newspapers and recycled paper.
Did you know...
…that carbon emissions are reduced by about 1.4 kilo for every kilo of newspapers that we recycle. The energy required for paper production is much lower when waste paper fibers are used, compared with fibers from freshly harvested trees.
How to do it
Tips & Trix
Remove and sort the plastic wrapping around newspapers and fliers as plastic packaging.
You do not have to remove the staples, spirals or similar from newspapers or drawing pads. These are separated by magnets and sent to metal recycling.
Frequently asked questions
It’s up to each municipality to decide how the newspaper collection works. Contact your municipality for information about how it works locally.
Yes, it is a myth that sorting does not matter. All packaging that enters the recycling system is helping to develop recycling schemes, so that even more packaging can become new material in the future. Packaging that is not sent for recycling is incinerated. By sorting your packaging, you are helping to conserve natural resources and contributing to a circular economy. For example, CO₂ emissions are halved when you sort your plastic packaging instead of throwing it in the bin.
All packaging that FTI collects is transported to recycling facilities that recycle as much of the collected material as possible. The material that can’t be recycled is sent for energy recovery and used as a substitute for fossil raw materials in industry.