Re-think plastic

Plastic is a fantastic material with many good qualities for creating durable products. But it is important that plastic is handled with care throughout the entire lifecycle of the product (the chain). All too often plastic results in waste or is incinerated unnecessarily, instead of being recycled and used for new products.

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Circular Initiative

Leading industrial companies such as ABB, Stora Enso, and Electrolux attended when Stena Recycling organized a day on circular material flows.

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Robotics dismantling a vacuum cleaner

New technology has a great potential to develop recycling processes and create new sustainable values.

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No fossil plastic by 2030

Plastic will continue to be used in IKEAs products going forward – but only renewable or recycled plastic.

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Recycling of plastics in old electronics

Plastics from old electronics are now treated at Stena Nordic Recycling Center in Halmstad, Sweden, and turned into new valuable raw material.

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“Endless possibilities”

What role will plastic play in the future? In this episode of Thoughts on Plastic, Andreas Malmberg gives his view on recycled plastic.

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From waste to resource

At Stena Nordic Recycling Center in Halmstad, we turn used plastic into new raw material. Find out how!

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Communicate recycling

The industrial sector benefits from telling what they are doing in recycling. Download our report and read about the potential in this type of communication.

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“Talk about recycling!”

Pontus Almén, Content Manager at Stena Recycling, asks himself what happens when companies talk about their recycling.

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Two great examples

Learn how SKF and Siemens create engaging communication about material management!

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Challenges and possibilities with recycled plastic

Plastic is an untapped source in the manufacturing industry – still the recycling of plastic works significantly worse than other materials.

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Graphics – plastic use in numbers

Find out how much recycled plastic can be used in the manufacturing industry in the European Union 2050.

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Unique collaboration supports Volvo Cars to recycle more plastic

Volvo Cars, component manufacturers and Stena Recycling aims for at least 25 % recycled plastic in all Volvo cars’ vehicles.

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Guide: How to optimize the plastic flow

The handling of plastic in the industry holds a variety of hidden values that can be released. In the pursuit of a sustainable company profile, there are several parts of the industrial process that are important to analyse.

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Research on recycling of plastic in electronic waste

Every year, Stena Recycling recycles plastic from hundreds of thousands of tonnes electronic waste. In the research project SenSoRe, new technologies are being tested to improve the recycling even more by separating dangerous substances such as chlorine and flame retardants.

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7 Challenges for plastic recycling

By understanding the properties of different types of plastic, we can recycle much more. Read about the challenges facing plastic recycling and how we can help you manage them.

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it's time to re-think plastic

Stena Recycling has developed innovative new recycling processes and services that make it possible to, e.g. take care of plastics in electronics and plastics from industry. The plastic from electronics must be carefully separated into different qualities, depending on if the plastic is completely clean and ready to be recycled or if, e.g. it contains hazardous substances such as flame retardants.

Plastic containing hazardous substances is energy recovered under controlled conditions. Other plastics are separated into four main groups: ABS, PP, PE and PS. Stena Recycling can also separate plastic into different colours based on our customers' needs. That is how we create more plastic that can be recycled by manufacturers. More and more companies now want to use recycled plastic. This is necessary because the use of plastic will probably continue to increase in the future.

This is how we create the loop together


In your business, it's important to do things properly right from the start – right at the source. Stena Recycling’s extensive expertise and services in the handling of plastic can help you with product design adapted for recycling, choosing the right plastic, we train employees to sort correctly and we ensure collection equipment tailored to your business. A fully developed plastic recycling process enables you to take advantage of a valuable resource and contribute to your sustainable profile.


Using our recycling processes, we can ensure that more plastic is recycled from, e.g. electronics and packaging. It is an important step up the waste hierarchy towards new solutions where your plastic waste is taken care of and used in the manufacturing of new products.


Through our collaborations with proven plastic manufacturers, we make sure that your plastic becomes raw material for new products. This also reduces the need to use fossil fuels in plastic manufacturing. This is how close the loop for plastic and ensure careful control of materials every step of the way.

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