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6/23/2019 12:00 AM

97% of municipal waste is utilised in the Lahti region, recycling rate 65% by 2035

​In 2018, Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd (PHJ) received a total of 107,500 tonnes of municipal waste, of which a record-breaking 97% was utilised. The recovery rate is a total of the waste recycled as raw materials and that used in energy production.

"The recycling rate in our operating area was 41% last year, taking into account waste flows from parties engaged in domestic waste management in the Lahti region (including biowaste, paper, plastic, metal and cardboard)", says Tuula Honkanen, Managing Director of Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd.

"Recycling targets will be tightened and the recycling rate of domestic waste should be at least 55% by 2025 and 65% by 2035."

"We will reach a better recycling rate through better waste sorting in households, increasing advice about waste and further developing mechanical, plant-like sorting that complements the sorting done in households."

"We have pending and are involved in development projects that promote recycling, including separate collection of biowaste and textile waste."

"In addition, the aim is for our sorting plant to separate up to two million kilos of plastic from waste for recycling this year. Our sorting plant also separates cardboard and metal for recycling", Honkanen concludes.

The number of visitors to waste reception stations continued to increase

Residents in the Lahti region are served by seven waste reception stations all over the operating area. The number of customers using waste reception stations has been increasing year by year.

It is possible to sort waste into as many as 34 different types at the waste reception stations. Customers give special praise for the friendliness of the personnel and extended opening hours. The recycling rate of waste received at the waste reception stations reached a record high of 79%.

Finland's first regional level roadmap for circular economy

In autumn 2017, the Päijät-Häme region published the first regional level roadmap for circular economy, containing practical measures for attaining the vision for circular economy. The roadmap, which includes examples of good practices in the area's businesses, was compiled as part of the Kiertoliike project led by Lahti University of Applied Sciences.

PHJ is part of the service consortium of the City of Lahti.

Further information:

Managing Director Tuula Honkanen, Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd
tel. +358 500 714 686