The Crown Princess visits a plastic recycling centre in Motala

The plastic recycling centre in Motala has the capacity to sort 20 tonnes of plastic packaging per hour.

The plastic recycling centre in Motala has the capacity to sort 20 tonnes of plastic packaging per hour. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Thursday 17 October, The Crown Princess visited Europe's largest plastic packaging sorting facility, which is located in Motala.

The plastic recycling centre is operated by Swedish Plastic Recycling, and sorts different types of plastic using fully automated technology to ensure that as much as possible can be used for new plastic products.

The Crown Princess was given a tour of the facility, led by Swedish Plastic Recycling's CEO Mattias Philipsson.

The Crown Princess was given a tour of the facility, led by Swedish Plastic Recycling's CEO Mattias Philipsson. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Swedish Plastic Recycling works together with several other players to achieve its goal of 55 percent of all plastic packaging in Sweden being recycled by 2025. In order to do so, Swedish Plastic Recycling works to persuade consumers to sort their waste and producers to design packaging so that it is recyclable.

During her visit to the plastic recycling centre, The Crown Princess saw an exhibition about the journey from used plastic packaging to new plastic product.

During her visit to the plastic recycling centre, The Crown Princess saw an exhibition about the journey from used plastic packaging to new plastic product. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

About plastic recycling

  • Every year, 200,000 tonnes of plastic packaging are made for the Swedish market.
  • Collected plastic is sorted according to its type and colour at the recycling centre.
  • Sorted plastic is then sent to buyers who produce new packaging or other plastic products.
  • Plastic that is not recycled is incinerated to generate energy.

About the plastic recycling centre in Motala

  • Has the capacity to sort 20 tonnes of plastic packaging per hour
  • Has a sorting level of 90% and a purity level of more than 95%
  • Can sort ten different plastic fractions
  • Obtains twice as much recyclable plastic compared with other European sorting facilities

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