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TJÅRVEN – Service innovation within recycling from energy perspective

What happens when recycled material ends up in the wrong place? This can lead to increased energy use within the packaging life cycle. New design and service innovation can help people collect, sort right and recycle more. What does this mean for energy use and actors in the packaging life cycle?

FTI, the Packaging and Newspaper Collection is responsible for the recycling stations in Sweden's municipalities. They ensure that the containers are emptied, that the contents get to the right place in the handling chain, that the material is recycled as much as possible and that it is cleaned and tidy at the recycling stations.

When recycled materials end up in the wrong place, it causes problems which in turn leads to increased energy use in the handling chain. The project's goal is to reduce energy use from material collection, which in turn can provide energy gains in the second stage of the packaging life cycle.

This is achieved with more efficient handling that allows people to recycle more, sort correctly and do not leave the wrong things at the recycling stations. The project intends to work with these issues with the help of the design process and service / product development.


Project name

TJÅRVEN Service innovation in recycling



RISE role in project

Researcher within actor-based LCA and energy systems

Project start


1 år

Total budget

2,7 Mill SEK


RISE, energi- och miljösystemanalys, FTI, Förpacknings- och tidningsinsamling




Project members

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Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
Birgit Brunklaus

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Birgit Brunklaus


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Inger-Lise Svensson

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Inger-Lise Svensson


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