Swedes and Norwegians Sticklers for Recycling

Sweden is among the best countries in the world at returning bottles and cans for recycling. According to new figures nearly 9 out of 10 bottles sold in Sweden were returned last year. But the great figures may be thanks to the Norwegians.

Last year Swedes returned on average 142 cans and bottles per person. The year before the number was 135.

However, most cans per person were returned in the west of Sweden, thanks to the Norwegians who both shop and return their bottles and cans on the Swedish side of the border. In the west coast town of Strömstad, the number of returned bottles and cans came to 1017 per person.