Producer responsibility for packaging
The purpose of producer responsibility for packaging is to ensure that those who place packaging on the market also ensure that the packaging is disposed of in the best possible way after it has been emptied.
Producer responsibility was already created in 1994 but has been revised several times since then. Partly to align with European rules but also to ensure that e.g. help businesses choose the most environmentally friendly solutions and provide a level playing field for all producers. If all companies take their producer responsibility, the economic impact will be as small as possible.
What is Producer Responsibility?
Producer responsibility means that those who place products on the market are responsible for them throughout their life cycle. It ranges from design and manufacturing to use and recycling. Focusing on the whole product system promotes sustainable management of natural resources and waste.
The importance of Producer Responsibility:
Packaging on the market
Who has producer responsibility?
All businesses that place packaging on the Swedish market for the first time have producer responsibility. This can be the manufacture or import of a package, but also the import of a pre-packaged product, filling a package or adding packaging material to an existing product. Similarly, businesses outside Sweden that export packaging or products to a Swedish user may have producer responsibility.
Producer responsibility under the Packaging Regulation
The business that first puts a package on the Swedish market is also responsible for its producer responsibility. But in practice, it can be different activities and sometimes even several activities can be responsible. Some examples are:
- the manufacturer of a package
- the person filling a package
- the importer of a package
- who adds a packaging component to an already existing package
- anyone who exports a product from abroad directly to a consumer in Sweden.
REDUCE OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Design for recycling
Simply put, this concept means that from the beginning of product development, packaging is also developed with the aim of reducing the overall environmental impact of the product during its life cycle. For packaging, this includes issues such as:
- choice of materials: renewable or recycled raw materials, non-toxic materials, etc.
- design and possibility of separating different materials during collection
- recyclability and demand for the recycled material
COLLECTION & TRANSPORTATION
The packaging fee is based on different things.
Among other things, the packaging fee will finance the municipal collection of packaging waste, but it will also cover the costs of logistics and treatment processes. This includes collecting material from municipal collection points, transporting it to sorting facilities, pressing the material and finally recycling it.
Packaging fees are the same for all producer customers and the minimum charge is 1000 SEK per quarter.
The Packaging Regulation prohibits approved producer responsibility organizations from distributing profits. As TMR is an approved producer responsibility organization, it operates on a non-profit basis.
Download the current packaging fees.
CORRECT PACKAGING VOLUMES
Reporting / accounting
Producer responsibility means that all businesses that place packaging on the Swedish market must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and report their packaging volumes. Reporting is done to us as PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization), which ensures that the packaging volumes have been reported correctly and then sends the report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Reporting of packaging volumes is done monthly or quarterly in our customer portal. The final reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency takes place quarterly during the year, but a compilation of all packaging volumes is also made at the beginning of each year for the previous year, which we then report to the Environmental Protection Agency.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?
Q&A Producer responsibility
As of January 1, 2024, we will handle all types of packaging.
Plastic, paper, metal, glass and wood packaging. And those in the “other” category such as textile and ceramic packaging.
On January 1, 2024, municipalities will take over responsibility for the collection of household packaging. In connection with this, the producer must reimburse the municipalities through TMR for collection in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations. The implementation of kerbside collection in all Swedish municipalities is extensive and therefore costly.
The quarterly price changes are linked to the municipalities’ costs for the collection of household packaging. These costs are variable and can change depending on the timing and form of implementation decided by the municipalities. Municipalities have until the end of 2026-2027 to complete the implementation of kerbside collection.
We have developed a material guide to help you easily assess which category your material falls into. This is available as a pdf in the customer portal for you to download. Log in here.
You can find information on this in our sustainability report.
We recycle flexible plastic in-house at Omni Polymers in Ängelholm. Other materials are recycled by our partners.