Returpack is a privately-owned company which aims to increase the recycling of metal cans and PET bottles in Sweden. This mission derives from the Swedish government, as well as from the owners of the company, who consist of representatives from its trading and brewery sectors company (Sveriges Bryggerier, Livsmedelshandlarna och Svensk Dagligvaruhandel).
In accordance with Swedish regulation SFS 2005:220, all packaging sold in Sweden that contain drinks ready for consumption* must be included in an approved return system.
*The regulation does not apply to packaging for drinks that contain 50% or more dairy products or vegetable, fruit or berry juice.
Jordbruksverket, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, is our supervisory authority, and Naturvårdsverket, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for the official statistics.
Recycling Rates 2016
- 84,9% total recycling rate, both aluminium cans and PET bottles
- 1,8 Billion cans and bottles recycled
- 177 packages per person in Sweden
- 16 361 tons of aluminium
- 20 645 ton som PET material