Svensk Glasåtervinning AB
Svensk Glasåtervinning AB (Swedish Glass Recycler) is the only glass recycler of packaging glass in Sweden. The Company was founded in 1986. In 1994, the Swedish Parliament passed a law on producers' liability for packaging. Svensk Glasåtervinning AB was given the responsibility by the producers, which are the owners of the company, to develop a collection system and a recycling plant.
The glass collection system involves some 5000 recycling stations from north to south. Collection is about 200.000 tons per year with a collection rate of almost 100% and a recycling rate well above 90%. In Sweden all the glass is transported to the plant of Svensk Glasåtervinning AB in Hammar, west of Stockholm, the only recycling plant for packaging glass in the country.
The manufacture of new glass containers is the main area of use of the recycled glass, mainly by the glass manufacturers in Scandinavia but also in the rest of Europe to some extent. Glass woll is also an important area of use. Lightweight foam glass from the neighbouring company Hasopor is another application for the recycled glass.