Information about waste

By sorting your waste at home, it can be recycled into new products. Once your waste is seperated it is vital that you hand it in to a facility that can take care of it in an environmentally sound way.


Always ensure your hazardous waste is handed to a manned waste recycling centre. You can reduce the volume of your waste by avoiding single-use items and items with double wrapping or packaging.

Clean and flat-folded

To avoid unsanitary conditions items for recycling must be clean, but avoid using extreme hot water or washing-up liquid to rinse the containers or packaging. Instead, rinse in cold water or wash the items for recycling with your other dishes. Fold and flatten catons and packaging in order to reduce volume and facilitate transportation.

Flea-markets, charities and development work

Maybe some of the things you throw away could be used by others Advertise and sell reusable item, or donate to a second hand shop or a charitable organisation in order to contribute to their development work. Clothes should be clean and in good condition in order to be reusable.

To a manned waste recycling centre

Hazardous waste

for example:

  • Thermometers containing mercury
  • Leftover paint
  • Solvents such as turpentine and acetone
  • Waste oil
  • Nail polish
  • Light bulbs, fluorescent lamps

By handing any hazardous household waste to a waste recycling centre, you ensure that it is disposed of in an environmentally sound way. You need a recycling card to access the centre, but households may handing bulky and/or hazardous waste to the recycling centre free of charge as it is part of the fee for garbage collecting.


All used batteries should be handed in to be disposed of. Batteries should be placed in the special container marked "Batterier" that can be found in shops that sell batteries or waste recycling centres or at the place where you originally bought the batteries.

Electrical waste

Electrical waste items with cable or battery. For example:

  • Stoves
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Computers
  • Television sets
  • Mobile phones
  • Calculators
  • Halogen bulbs
  • Battery-powered toys

Bulky waste

For example:

  • Old furniture
  • Bicycles
  • Broken tiles
  • Other large items

Bråta recycling centre

In the green container

You should put your combustible household waste in the green container. these items will be burned and turned into electricity and heating. Please tie the garbage bag securely. For example:

  • Razorblades
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diapers
  • Used cat litter
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dishwashing brushes
  • Dishcloths
  • Sticky meat bags
  • Greaseproof/ baking paper
  • Envelopes
  • Plasters
  • Cigarette butts
  • Tampons
  • Dog hair
  • Tights
  • Dental floss
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Pens
  • Old underwear
  • Condoms

In the brown container

You should put your food waste in the brown container. All the organic waste turns into bio-fuel and humus that is used as plant nourishment in fields. Please close the bag by rolling down the top firmly. For example:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Kitchen roll
  • Bread
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Bones from meat and fish
  • Potato peels
  • Leaves and flowers from flowerpots

To a waste recycle station

The Packaging and Newspaper Collection Service (FTI) are responsible for all waste recycling stations in Sweden. Visit ftiab Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. for more information.

Sorting guide Länk till annan webbplats.

Metal packaging

For example:

  • Cat food tins
  • Bottle tops and metal lids
  • Cans
  • Tin foil
  • Fish roe spread ("kaviar") tubes (keep the screw-top lids on)
  • Used tea lights

Stained and clear glass

It is important to seperate coloured and clear glass. i addition, do not put ceramics, potter or light bulbs in the containers designated for glass recycling.

Hard or soft plastic containers

For example:

  • Soft drink bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Cottage cheese containers
  • Jam jars
  • Plastic bags of all sizes
  • Coffee packs
  • Plastic film or wrapping
  • Refill packets
  • Polystyrene packaging

Paper and cardboard

For example:

  • Toilets rolls
  • Pasta carton
  • Milk cartons
  • Sugar bags/ cartons
  • Wrapping paper
  • Shoe boxes
  • Egg boxes


For example:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Advertisements