Consumer trends slow Swedish packaging progress

Worrying figures on consumer contribution to waste recycling, reports EPA

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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