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Swedish Recycling Continues to Grow

Published fredag 10 april 2009 kl 12.24
Swedish recycling station

New figures show that Swedes are getting better and better at recycling.

According to statistics from Swedish packaging and newspapers collection agency FTI, almost 80% of all packaging and newspapers in Sweden were recycled last year – the highest amount on a steadily growing curve since the introduction of the system in 1994.

“With the amount we recycle we belong to the top level among EU countries. That shows we have a well functioning recycling system,” CEO John Strand of FTI said in a press release.

According to Swedish news agency TT, last year 1 252 820 out of 1597 750 tons of paper and packaging were recycled. Most of the glass, cardboard, metal and newspapers are turned into new packaging or newspapers. A smaller amount, mainly made up of plastic is recycled as energy – as fuel for heat- only boiler stations.

FTI believes the coming year will see a continuing increase in Swedish recycling. (RM)

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