The Norwegian waste and energy company Geminor has revealed that it has introduced exports of paper waste from Sweden to Germany.
With a surplus of recycled fiber in Sweden and a growing demand from Germany, Geminor has seen opportunities for exports, especially when the Swedish market opens up.
Sweden already collects and sorts 75% of the paper consumed. While from 1 January 2022, Swedish municipalities will have ownership and responsibility for the disposal of paper waste, which should create a more open market, according to Geminor.
Geminor does not intend to collect the paper itself but acts as a link between buyers and sellers.
In particular, it will focus on supplying board, cartons and blended paper to German packaging plants, stating that Germany is expected to have a deficit of 4.1 million tonnes in 2024 of recycled fiber.
It will use its existing supply lines to transport waste paper by rail, as it currently does with RDF and SRF.
Geminor’s country manager Sweden Per Mernelius said: “We have an ambition to move more of our waste transports to rail, which is proving to be the most sustainable transport alternative in Europe today. The rail transport of residual waste fuels to Sweden gives us the opportunity to send paper waste as return transport to Germany. This is both a sensible and cost-effective alternative that reduces carbon dioxide emissions. ”