New fee structure for plastic packaging 2019 for plastic packaging

As of April 1, 2019, the fee for plastic packaging will reflect the actual cost of recycling. Accordingly, the fee will provide a means for promoting better recyclability.

As a packaging producer and filler, you are now able to plan for this change.

The change will entail a transition to two different fee levels – one higher, one lower. The estimated difference between the two fee levels is 30 percent.

Level 1 (the higher fee)

This fee is for all plastic packaging made from materials other than those covered by the Level 2 fee.

Level 2 (the lower fee)

Plastic packaging designed according to FTI’s guidelines presented in the Manual for plastic packaging. The following must be valid in order to qualify for the lower fee:

  • Packaging made of one of our recommended plastics:
    - PE (Polyethylene, e.g. LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, MDPE)
    - PP (Polypropylene) – No flexible packaging, only rigid PP
    - PET uncoloured bottles and jars (blow moulded packaging, no deposit bottles)
    All plastics must be free from fillers (e.g. calcium carbonate, talc, wood fibre etcetera)
  • Not coloured in black.
  • No laminates. Exception for coextruded laminates with multiple layers of the same plastic, and coextruded laminates of PP and EVOH (no flexible packaging) or PE and EVOH. Amount of EVOH must not exceed 2% by weight. Note that the different layers in these laminates cannot be merged with glue/adhesive.
  • The printed area cannot exceed 60% of the total outer area of the packaging.
  • No full cover shrink sleeve.

FTI’s guidelines for choosing plastics

The table shows the best types of packaging plastics for recycling. Three “ticks” means that the packaging is made from a material that works throughout the entire recycling process.

Tabell anger FTI:s riktlinjer för val av plast i förpackningar.

*Materials from transparent PET bottles (such as canola or corn oil) have a market and can therefore be considered recyclable, unlike PET trays and colored PET bottles.

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