FROM JANUARY 1, 2024
New law for take away products: Restaurants and cafés in Sweden must offer reusable packaging for take away.
From January 1, 2024, restaurants, cafés, grocery stores and other food service establishments in Sweden that offer their customers food and drinks in disposable mugs and food containers must also offer reusable options for take away.
The goal of the law is to reduce the consumption of disposable mugs and food containers by 50% by 2026.
The background to the law is the EU's Single-Use Plastics Directive, which was adopted in July 2021 and came into effect in Sweden in January 2022. The goal of the directive is to reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans and move towards a more circular economy. Read more about the EU's Single-Use Plastics Directive.
Source: regeringen.se, November 3, 2021
3 IMPORTANT POINTS
The law in brief:
> Restaurants and other food service establishments that sell more than 150 meals or drinks served in disposable take-away packaging need to offer reusable options. If your packaging is made of plastic or has a thin plastic coating on the inside, you are affected by the law."
> The reusable packaging must be used multiple times, i.e. circulate. This requires that the multi-use packaging is included in a rotation system, where collection, cleaning and reuse is possible.
>You need to inform your customers about the opportunity to have their take away served in reusable packaging and the benefits of reduced consumption.