Modulated fee structure 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)

For all plastic packaging that does not qualify for the Level 2 fee.

Level 2 (the lower fee)

Cover plastic packaging that fulfils following conditions:

  • Packaging made of one of following mono materials:
    - PE (Polyethylene, e. g. LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE or MDPE) – both flexible and rigid plastic packaging
    - PP (Polypropylene) – rigid packaging, no flexible PP (PP film)
    - PET – uncoloured bottles and jars (blow moulded packaging, no deposit bottles)

All materials must be free from fillers (e. g. calcium carbonate, talc, wood fibre etc.).

  • No black coloured materials

  • No multi-layer materials. Exception for coextruded multilayers with layers made of the same type of plastic, PE-PE or PP-PP (rigid PP, no flexible PP)), and coextruded multilayers of PE or PP (rigid PP, no flexible PP) in combination with any of following barrier materials:
    - EVOH, max 2% by weight
    - SiOx
    - AlOx

Keep in mind that the different layers in these multi-layer materials cannot be merged using glue/adhesive.

  • Print on the packaging cannot cover more than 60% of the outside surface area of the packaging. This involves both coloured and uncoloured print/coatings. The outside surface area is the outside area of the packaging that is visible without unfolding seal flaps or similar.

  • No full cover shrink sleeve.

These conditions are reviewed and might be revised annually by FTI.

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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