Packaging recycling statistics

Pakkausten kierratystilastot

Recycling means using waste materials as raw material to manufacture new products. For example, corrugated cardboard boxes or carton packaging can be turned into paper roll cores, or beverage cans into new beverage cans.

Recycling rate (target)

YearTotalFiberGlassMetalPlasticWood
199845 (-)57 (-)62 (-)16 (-)10 (-)
199950 (-)61 (-)78 (-)19 (-)13 (-)
200050 (-)62 (-)64 (-)25 (-)14 (-)
200147 (42)58 (53)50 (48)39 (25)15 (15)
200249 (42)61 (53)50 (48)46 (25)15 (15)
200341 (42)63 (53)61 (48)50 (25)14 (15)7 (-)
200440 (42)70 (53)55 (48)55 (25)15 (15)7 (-)
200543 (42)79 (53)63 (48)54 (25)14 (15)5 (-)
200649 (42)86 (53)74 (48)59 (25)16 (15)8 (-)
200752 (42)88 (53)81 (48)70 (25)18 (15)10 (-)
200857 (55)93 (60)80 (60)75 (50)23 (22,5)20 (15)
200955 (55)95 (60)45 (60)84 (50)25 (22,5)21 (15)
201056 (55)96 (60)61 (60)80 (50)26 (22,5)18 (15)
201159 (55)97 (60)97 (60)82 (50)25 (22,5)18 (15)
201259 (55)99 (60)78 (60)85 (50)25 (22,5)17 (15)
201358 (55)98 (60)77 (60)82 (50)23 (22,5)15 (15)
201457 (55)101 (60)81 (60)82 (50)25 (22,5)13 (15)
201561 (55)112 (60)78 (60)84 (50)24 (22,5)13 (15)
201665 (-)115 (-)90 (-)85 (-)25 (-)14 (-)
201765 (-)116 (-)92 (-)88 (-)27 (-)15 (-)
201870 (-)116 (-)99 (-)90 (-)31 (-)24 (-)
201971 (-)116 (-)98 (-)85 (-)42 (-)27 (-)

*32,234 tonnes of glass was stored for recycling in 2009.

Please note:

  • The recycling target rate for each year, based on national legislation, is given in brackets (including non-deposit packaging and deposit packaging).
  • Target rates for 2016-2019 have been set for deposit packaging and non-deposit packaging separately. Therefore, there are no material-specific total target rates.

Recycling targets set by Finnish legislation

The Packaging Decree determines the target years by which the recycling targets for packaging waste must be reached at the latest in Finland. As shown in the table above, the targets were met and even partially exceeded in Finland in the target years 2001 and 2008.

The amendments to the waste directive and the packaging and packaging waste directive that are part of the EU’s circular economy package were approved in summer 2018. They tighten recycling targets and expand packaging producers’ responsibilities. A new waste act is being prepared in Finland, which will enter into force in summer 2020. The law reform aims to significantly increase the volume of recycled waste. The method for calculating the volume of recycled materials will also be changed.

The new Waste Act legislation will become effective during 2021.

Read more: Producer responsibility legislation