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Record plastic packaging recycling in Norway

Archiv – Latest statistics show that, last year, 24% of plastic packaging used in Norway (excluding drinks bottles) was recycled. Adding in the 57% of plastic packaging which went for energy recovery, the final recycling rate was 81%. Latest statistics show that, last year, 24% of plastic packaging used in Norway (excluding drinks bottles) was recycled. Adding in the 57% of plastic packaging which went for energy recovery, the final recycling rate was 81%.
Oslo-based Plastretur AS is responsible for developing and organising recovery and recycling of plastic packaging in Norway, with recovery schemes financed through a licence fee paid by all companies using plastic packaging. Plastretur’s target is 30% recycling and 50% energy recovery by 2008. Norway’€™s recycling target for expanded polystyrene is 50%: the Plastretur system achieved 33% or 1600 tonnes last year – a slight drop compared to 2003.
Last year, 28 300 tonnes of plastic packaging was recycled compared to 24 400 tonnes in 2003. Meanwhile, a total of 32 600 tonnes of plastic packaging was sorted at source: 17.200 tonnes from trade and industry; 7300 tonnes from agricultural sources; 5700 tonnes from households; and 2400 tonnes from fish farming. The largest growth came in the household and agricultural sectors where increases of, respectively, 1100 tonnes and 700 tonnes were recorded. Of the 32 600 tonnes, film accounted for 17 800 tonnes – or 1900 tonnes more than in 2003 – with trade and industry supplying 9900 tonnes of this total.
There are no fixed targets for packaging containing hazardous waste such as oil, chemicals and paint. Collection of this type of packaging is increasing steadily and has been welcomed by Norwegian enterprises.
An increasing number of Norway’€™s businesses are participating in the Plastretur system by becoming members of Materialretur: there are now 1876 companies paying licence fees for plastic packaging.

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