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The statistics for material collected in the preceding year are usually presented in March.
The rates for collection and recycling are calculated by the EPA and then reported to us. This data is not usually available until late spring/early summer each year.
As of 2020, the recycling rate only includes material that has been recycled. Previously, the EU’s rules for recycling statistics included materials used for new products as well as energy recovery. FTI now refers to these statistics as the collection rate, since they show the percentage of the material that producers have placed on the market that is collected.
The reason why some of the packaging that we collect is unsuitable for recycling is because not all of the packaging placed on the market is recyclable. Demand for recycled material is also weak for certain types of material.
Moreover, more than half of all plastic packaging is disposed of in residual waste streams and never given a chance to be recycled. Of the plastic packaging that Swedes send for recycling, about 50-55 percent is sorted at Svensk Plaståtervinning’s facility in Motala and then sent onwards for recycling.
Material that cannot be recycled is used for energy recovery.