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The collection rate refers to the amount of material (placed on the market by FTI-affiliated producers) that has been collected for recycling into new products or for energy recovery, i.e. incinerated and used to produce district heating and electricity.
All of the material we collect via our recycling stations and curbside collection services is sent to various recycling facilities. There it is sorted for further processing into new products, or for energy recovery.
The collection rate was previously referred to as the material recovery rate. For the 2020 operational year, the recycling rate for packaging was reported using the EU’s new definition of measurement points for the first time. In previous years, the material recovery rate also included packaging that was sorted for energy recovery, but a new measurement point was defined for recycling rates in 2020, and only includes material that is actually reprocessed into new raw material, see recycling statistics (link).
In 2019, the statistics for metal packaging include a larger volume of metal packaging that was separated from residual household waste than in preceding years. This could be one reason why the figure has risen so sharply.
In 2018, the statistics for cardboard boxes (paper packaging) were adjusted from May 15, 2020, since one of the facilities that handles commercial packaging reported incorrect data.