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Eight out of ten Swedes want their municipality to procure recycled

More than eight out of ten Swedes, 84 percent, want their municipality to actively prioritize goods made from recycled materials when they make procurements. It shows a SIFO survey conducted on behalf of the environmental company Ragn-Sells. Today, only about twenty municipalities make such a priority, but the number is growing rapidly.

– It is gratifying that so many Swedes want their municipalities to take greater responsibility for sustainable development. The country’s municipalities have the opportunity to prioritize goods that contain recycled materials, and they have strong support from their residents to do so, says Ragn-Sells sustainability manager Pär Larshans.

Just over eight out of ten Swedes, 84 percent, fully or partially agree with the statement “I want my municipality to prioritize recycled material in public procurement when possible”. The support is about equally strong in all age groups. Only four percent say they do not agree at all.

Every year, Ragn-Sells maps the extent to which the municipalities prioritize recycled material in their procurements. This year, 21 municipalities responded that their procurement guidelines state that goods made from recycled materials should be given priority. This corresponds to ten percent of the 204 municipalities that answered Ragn-Sell’s survey. This is a clear increase compared to last year, when only ten municipalities stated that they set some form of requirement for recycled material.

– Half of the emissions in the world depend on how we produce and consume goods. Large buyers such as municipalities need to take responsibility and choose goods that contain recycled material, instead of consuming even more of the earth’s resources, says Ragn-Sells sustainability manager Pär Larshans.
According to the government, publicly procured goods and services account for a fifth of Sweden’s emissions. In 2018, Swedish municipalities paid out around SEK 350 billion to private companies and other organizations, according to the Procurement Authority’s latest compilation.