Waste plastic bottles in Norway have achieved a recovery rate of 97%

- Mar 12, 2019-

Norway has already taken a step towards recycling plastic waste.

Through a group called Infinitum, Norway has created an efficient and environmentally friendly way to recycle plastic bottles, and the results have been so impressive that many countries are following suit.

The program allows Norway to recycle 97 percent of its plastic bottles, with less than one percent going into the environment.

Among them, 92% of the recycled bottles can produce high-quality materials, which can be used again in the manufacturing of beverage bottles.In some cases, the system has reused the same material more than 50 times.

This is a remarkable achievement, especially given that 91 percent of plastic production worldwide is no longer recycled, and 8 million tons of the ocean * ends up in the ocean every year.In the United States, the recycling rate for plastic bottles is about 30 percent.In the UK, its recycling rate is between 20% and 45%.

What is different about Norway's approach?In short, the state gives value to recycling.

Today, it is often cheaper to make new plastics than to recycle old ones, so why would companies and consumers do the right thing for the environment without financial incentives?

The answer, of course, is money.Norway's model is based on a loan scheme, which means consumers pay the equivalent of 13 to 30 cents extra when they buy plastic bottles.

This fee can then be redeemed in a variety of ways.Consumers can take it to a "reverse vending machine" and return the money after scanning the barcode of the stored bottle, or they can return it to various small stores and gas stations for cash or store discounts.

The shop owners also receive tips for recycling plastic bottles, and some believe it has even increased their business.

Infinitum* chief executive KjellOlav Maldum said: "" we want to be able to make people aware that they are buying the product but only borrowing the packaging." "

The Norwegian government is not only targeting consumers, it is also imposing an environmental tax on plastic producers.

If the national recovery rate exceeds 95%, then every producer is exempt.While that may sound like a tall order, it has been achieved every year for the past seven years.

Infinitum says that since the unique scheme was launched, representatives from a number of countries have visited the company, including Scotland, India, China, Australia and others, who are interested in the recycling scheme.

Germany and Lithuania, which * can compete with Norway, both use similar systems.