Sweden continues to outstrip other EU member states and many EU targets in the recovery and recycling of packaging waste and end-of-life products, according to a progress report by the Swedish environmental agency (EPA) on the implementation of producer responsibility laws during 2000.
But the EPA draws attention to a "worrying" trend of lower rates of recovery and recycling for disposable products primarily used by consumers. The most obvious example is plastic PET bottles, it says. 98% of larger PET beverage containers were recovered and reused in 2000, while only 78% of smaller PET bottles were recovered, a figure that falls far below the 90% legal target, Erik Westin of the EPA told ENDS Europe DAILY..
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