As a consumer, you don’t need to keep track of that. The plastics recycling process is constantly under development. The only thing you need to do is to send all of your plastic packaging for recycling. Our owner, Svensk Plaståtervinning, is working actively to ensure that more packaging can be recycled and is currently expanding its facility in Motala in order to recycle more types of plastic packaging.
Plastic containers, tubes and bottles should obviously be sorted as plastic packaging, but other packaging can be trickier.
Potato chip bags and styrofoam should also be sorted as plastic packaging, but toys, laundry baskets and other items that are not packaging should be sorted as bulky waste.
Did you know...
… that a used and recycled plastic packaging reduces the environmental impact by half, compared to packaging that is incinerated along with other household waste?
How to do it
Tips & Trix
Only leave plastic packaging (cans, tubes, lids and bottles) to the recycling station or recycling room. They are transported to a recycling facility that only recycles plastic packaging. Leave other plastic objects, such as toys, furniture or laundry baskets, to the municipalitys manned recycling central.
The bigger the sorting, the bigger the climate gain
The more plastic packaging you sort, which is then recycled, the bigger the reduction in emissions from incineration and the amount of fossil resources needed when manufacturing new plastic. You used packaging can instead become a new product or package – over and over again.
Chips test – test your potato chip bag
Tips & Trix
Is your potato chip bag (or similar) made from plastic or metal? If you are unsure, crumple it into a ball. If it springs back into shape it should be sorted as plastic packaging. Otherwise, sort it as metal packaging.
How recycling works
Have you ever wondered what happens to your plastic packaging after you leave it for recycling? Take a look inside Svensk Plaståtervinnings recycling facility in Motala!
Frequently asked questions
No, open the plastic bag and tip the contents into the bin. That makes sorting easier at a later stage of the process. Any plastic packaging that is inside a plastic bag cannot be sorted correctly and cannot, therefore, be recycled.
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.
Yes, a used plastic package that is sorted and recycled, reduces the climate impact by half, in comparison to it being thrown in the houdhold waste and incinerated. One kilo of recycled plastic reduces CO₂ emissions by 2 kilos. The plastic in packaging can be recycled over and over again. This means that we both reduce emissions from incineration and reduce the need for fossil raw materials, which are needed in the production of new plastic. If we recycle, new plastic is not needed to the same extent. From a climate point of view, it is important that the recycling is circular, with efficient and high-quality sorting and separation. Then the quality and functions of the material are retained. Svensk Plaståtervinning, which receives FTI's collected packaging, is the only player in Sweden that works with circular recycling with sorting in focus. Read more about the recycling process
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.