Plastic containers + the environment = OK

It sometimes happens that people question why we use plastic containers. They wonder if it really is environmentally friendly. Below we have tried to explain why it is the best alternative.

What happens to the empty containers?

  • When incinerated, all that the polyethylene in our containers forms is carbon dioxide and water.

  • We are affiliated to the Packaging & Newspaper Collection Service (=FTIAB) and thus fulfil our producer responsibility for packaging. We pay a fee to FTIAB so that they collect our packaging. Naturally, a lot depends on you taking your responsibility as a consumer, which involves you taking your empty containers to the country’s many recycling stations.

Is there any alternative packaging?

  • The regulations on dangerous goods (ADR) set requirements on the containers’ strength, which means that we cannot make them as thin as we like.

  • Using metal packaging as an alternative would have been heavier per unit of liquid (more energy consumption in transportation) and would also have been more energy-intensive to produce.

  • Using glass would not have been sufficiently strong.

What has Aspen succeeded in improving?

  • We have gradually reduced the amount of plastic in our 5- litre containers by a total of about 35 percent in 10 years. We have gone from 380 grammes to today’s container which has a plastic content of 250 grammes.

  • We have reduced our usage of non-rigid plastic for packaging of empty containers in our production by about 10 percent through automation and changes in handling.

  • A large proportion of our deliveries take place via tankers directly to customers. This means that you can fill up with Aspen alkylate petrol at hundreds of locations throughout the country.

  • We are putting a lot of effort into getting the country’s marinas to make Aspen alkylate petrol available directly from the pump. Fortunately, increasing numbers of them are choosing the option of offering this to their customers.

  • During 2008 we developed an overall concept for our retail dealers where we offer them a complete filling station solution. The concept has worked out well and increasing number of dealers are perceiving the value in being able to offer consumers a smart way of filling up with Aspen alkylate petrol.

What is going to happen in the next few years in terms of Aspen’s use of plastic?

At present we see no alternative to plastic containers, however it is possible that bioplastics will be an alternative to traditional plastic material in the future. In recent years developments within this group of materials have been shooting forward. Together with the packaging industry we are following these developments with great interest. Perhaps in a few years time we will be able to use packaging that partially consists of precisely bioplastic!

If you want to discuss this topic then you are welcome to contact our Environmental Coordinator Ulf Karlsson on telephone number +46 301-23 00 11 or send a mail to