Norwegian packaging recycling rate up

Government-industry agreements "working," says SFT, though overall target not yet achieved

Norwegian recycling rates for waste packaging reached 80% for brown paper, 60% for drink containers and 66% for glass in 1997, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) has reported. The figures are seen as evidence that a series of voluntary agreements drawn up between the government and the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO) from 1994 is working, the agency said. (ENDS Daily 13 January). Maintaining these rates will satisfy several targets specified in the agreements, although an overall recycling target of 80% remains elusive. A working group has been set up to pursue an "action plan" for reducing volumes of packaging at source, and early results from a new scheme to combine metallic waste with existing glass collections are thought to be promising. Plastic recovery and recycling figures are also expected to show improvement.

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