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Norway to implement new waste sorting regulations in 2025

Starting January 1, 2025, businesses across Norway will be required to sort and collect various types of waste, including textile waste, as part of a broader initiative to improve waste management and meet EU environmental targets.

In 2025 businesses must expand their waste collection efforts to include multiple types of waste, such as cardboard and paper, glass and metal packaging, and textiles. This effort is led by the Norwegian Environment Agency, emphasizing the need to reduce residual waste to ensure Norway meets the EU's waste management goals.


The primary objective of these new regulations is to increase the preparation for reuse and material recycling, promoting a circular economy and reducing the environmental impact by using resources more efficiently. The new sorting requirements are essential for Norway to meet its obligations under the EEA Agreement, aiming for a 65 percent preparation for reuse and material recycling of household and similar business waste by 2035. Currently, Norway stands at around 37 percent.

From next year, all municipalities must ensure residents sort cardboard, paper, glass and metal packaging, and textile waste. This expands upon existing requirements for sorting plastic and food waste and will also apply to waste from holiday homes, cabins, and businesses.

For businesses, these requirements may necessitate new sorting and collection solutions, particularly for textile waste and glass and metal packaging.


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