Waste managementThe best way to reign in growing waste management costs is to prevent the creation of waste. By increasing sorting and recycling as well as the utilisation and reuse of waste, you can pare down the costs of waste management. Waste’s final deposition at a landfill is always the most expensive option, in terms of both money and the protection of the environment.
The total costs of waste management include:
- the procurement of waste receptacles;
- the emptying and transport of waste receptacles;
- the sorting and handling of different waste fractions;
- the building of waste management facilities;
- waste tax;
- the municipality’s waste charge; and
- the salaries of the people who work in the waste management chain.
Further information on collection and recycling practices is available from your local waste management company.
Sorting is always worthwhileTo ensure that waste can be utilised as effectively as possible as a raw material in the industrial sector, by waste plants in the production of electricity and district heating, or by composting biowaste into fuel, make sure that it is sorted into the correct receptacles.
It is also a good idea to guide the occupants of a housing company to recycle and sort waste that belongs somewhere other than the property’s waste collection point. The collection truck campaigns of waste management companies and a skip for scrap and waste ordered for the housing company’s cleaning day facilitate the recycling of waste.
The website Kierrätys.info maintained by Jätelaitosyhdistys provides information on local collection points and mobile collections across Finland. The map-based application helps you to find the nearest collection point per waste type.
Every resident in the metropolitan area generated approximately 100 kilos of waste a year. More than half of this is kitchen and food waste, of which only a third ends up being sorted as biowaste. Biowaste carried to a landfill decays and produces methane, which is one of the most harmful greenhouse gases to contribute to global warming.