Metal containers and objects are sorted as metal. Examples of metal containers are cans, tubes, aluminium foil, aluminium trays, lids, bottle caps and medicine tubes. Metal objects can be iron scrap, metal tubes, car and cycle parts, screws, nails, pots, metal cutlery, and metal refill cartridges for pens, paper punches and staplers.

Contaminated material (contaminated with, for example, chemicals, radioactive waste or infectious waste) is absolutely not included here and must be handled on the basis of the contamination; see “Part for laboratory activities”.

Lead containers used for delivery of isotopic solutions or other radioactive material shall be submitted to the hazardous waste room, M212 at KÖL. See also under Radioactive.


Metal collected is deposited at a waste management centre in the recycling container for the purpose. Containers must be empty, well-cleaned and aired. Lids and bottle caps of other materials are removed. Refundable drink cans are returned to a shop or point of purchase.


The waste management centre must be marked with a descriptive text (Swedish and English) and/or a symbol.

Storage at waste management centres

No special requirements.


Metal deposited is collected at the waste management centre by the waste contractor. Then it is taken down to the major recycling centre under Aula Magna.

Final disposal

Collected metal is ground, separated and smelted down to make a new raw material. Recovering metal saves energy, for example 95 per cent of the energy required to extract and produce new aluminium is saved (source:

Specific legislation

SFS 2014:1073    Ordinance on Producer Responsibility for Packaging