Material quality

As of 2020, we report the quality of our material on our website. By sampling our material, we obtain an overall view of the quality of the paper, plastic and metal packaging that FTI has collected.

Using sampling to monitor the quality and understand the composition of the material is an effective method for establishing what the collected packaging material contains, and for working to improve the quality of the material.

This data provides us with statistically sound analyses that are important for our evaluations of collection schemes, for planning information campaigns and the quality of material in the packaging delivered to our facilities that reprocess the material into new products.

The analysis process is carried out by our sub-contractors, and broken down into several steps:

Collection – Samples are collected from all of our facilities in Sweden
Testing – In this step, the material is mixed in accordance with an established procedure before a sample is selected for testing.
Sorting – Each type of packaging is sorted in a waste audit laboratory in southern Sweden. The primary fractions for sorting are: Packaging, non-packaging items, and waste.
Final report – A final report is compiled annually for FTI.
The sampling is based on FTI’s largest collection streams – recycling stations and curbside collection services. We do not conduct sampling for single areas, municipalities or counties. Our results are therefore produced at an aggregate level and may subsequently differ from the sampling results for a single municipality, for example.

Sampling is carried out for paper, plastic and metal packaging. At present, Svensk Glasåtervinning and Pressretur analyze the quality of material at the facilities where the material is recycled. These analyses are for internal reference only.

Material quality statistics, 2019


Non-packaging items


Plastic packaging




Paper packaging




Metal packaging




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