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Bottle and can deposits from Göteborg Landvetter help Doctors Without Borders

2014-11-11, kl. 09:30

Plastic bottles and recyclable cans that are collected at Göteborg Landvetter Airport will help the organisation Doctors Without Borders to save lives. Beginning November 5, there will be four specially made container return machines set up at the airport where passengers can leave their contribution. For the second year in a row, Göteborg Landvetter’s Christmas tree, made of recycled plastic bottles, will decorate the airport entrance to create some Christmas spirit, but also to highlight the airport’s partnership with Returpack and Doctors Without Borders.

“The work of Doctors Without Borders is needed around the world, perhaps more than ever, to save lives. In this way, we and our passengers can make a small contribution to help,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, airport director at Göteborg Landvetter Airport.

The container return machines at Göteborg Landvetter are part of a collaboration between Swedavia, Returpack and Doctors Without Borders, in which Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Stockholm Bromma Airport, Umeå Airport and Luleå Airport collect plastic (PET) bottles from passengers in receptacles and container return machines and then donate the proceeds to people in need. The machines have been set up for a while at Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma Stockholm, and now it is Göteborg Landvetter’s turn.

Swedavia and Returpack will donate in full all deposits on bottles and cans collected in receptacles and container return machines to the organisation Doctors Without Borders.

“Göteborg Landvetter, like our entire airport group, works for a sustainable society. In that way, we can contribute to a better environment by reducing the risk of cans and bottles ending up in an incinerator and help an organisation whose vital work is fully in line with our view of social responsibility,” Ms Ljunggren notes.

“We are pleased that we can now take this collaboration a step further to Sweden’s second largest airport. If the outcome is a success, we are interesting in introducing the same system in partnership with Swedavia at all ten of its airports,” says Rickard Andersson, product manager at Returpack.

“This money will be used to bolster our humanitarian efforts to save lives in various disasters and conflicts around the world,” says Johan Mast, secretary-general of Doctors Without Borders.
The container return machines at Göteborg Landvetter will be located in the check-in hall, before the international security checkpoint and before the domestic security checkpoint. There are many passengers at the security checkpoints who leave their bottles and cans there because of liquids rules.

Some of the plastic bottles collected at Göteborg Landvetter will be used for the specially designed Christmas tree that also decorated the airport entrance last Christmas. The tree consists of PET bottles illuminated with different coloured lights and is intended to be a reminder of Christmas and the collaboration with Returpack and Doctors Without Borders. The deposits on the PET bottles in the Christmas tree will naturally also be donated to the same cause.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s target is to have Swedes recycle 90 per cent of metal cans and PET bottles. That figure is currently 89 per cent.


Doctors Without Borders is a medical humanitarian organisation that saves lives and provides relief where it is most needed. Doctors Without Borders aids people affected by crises, war and natural disasters regardless of their political stance, religion or ethnicity.

Returpack is a privately owned company whose objective is to increase recycling of metal cans and plastic bottles in Sweden and works on behalf of its owners, the beverage trade organisation Brewers of Sweden and the food retail trade organisations Livsmedelshandlarna and Svensk Dagligvaruhandel. Returpack takes in more than 1.65 billion cans and PET bottles each year, which makes Sweden a leader in the recycling of PET bottles and cans.