Recycling is an easy way to save the nature, energy and resources. Recycling supports sustainable development, that allows future generations to enjoy Lapland’s clean environment and rich natural resources. In sustainable development the needs of the environment, economy and people are equally side by side. The choices aren’t big but they have enormous significance.
All the “normal” waste will be incinerated. Waste will be transported to Oulu to be incinerated and consumed as energy. Normal waste include
- Plastic packages
- Biowaste (unless composted)
- Various textiles and shoes
- Cigarette left overs
- Dirty cardboards and paperbags
- Small amounts of PVC (like toys, rain gear…)
- Used hygienic products
- House hold papers and napkins
- Dust bags
- Coffee and snack bags
- Other unrecyclable waste that can be incinerated
Biodegradable waste isn’t anymore collected separately. It will be collected with normal waste and it will be incinerated.
You can compost biogradable waste quite easily which is an environmentally friendly and invaluable way to utilize biogradable waste.
Biogradable waste includes
- unused food
- filter papers and used coffee
- house hold papers and napkins
- egg packages
- plants and their dirt
- wooden eatware and toothpicks
Biogradable waste doesn’t include
- milk and juice packages
- rubber, plastic bags and packages
- glas, metals and foils
- quicklime, ash, cigarettes
- dipers, textile waste and dust bags
Cardboards are reused mainly to make paper for newspapers. At paperfactory ink is removed by washing and that material is prepared to make pulp.
- news papers and magazines
- coloured papers
- recycled paper and envelopes
- windowed envelopes (with windows)
Non- recyclable papers
- paper plates
- brown paper bags
- copying papers
- office paper wrappings
- plastics coering magazines
Small metals are used to make material for new metal products like cans. It can be recycled over and over again. Energy can be saved up 75-95% compared to using all new materials.
BIGGER METAL ITEMS
- old engines and tools
- scrap cars (tyres, batteries and liquids will be separated)
- metal from construction and demolition
- empty oil barrels
Scrap cars receptipn is free of charge
Recycled glass is remade to a new product or material. Glass can be recycled over and over again without degreesing any of its original quality or cleanliness. Recycling saves natural resources and energy as well as CO2 absorbtion.
Glass recycling options are to use for new packages, insulation and bubble glass. Depending on use the glass will be cleaned, sorted and crushed.
In Finland it is also possible to recycle glass and PET bottles by returning them to shops.
Electronic (WEEE) waste
Unusable electronic devices are electronic waste. All devices that uses electricity, batteries or solarenergy are considered electronic devices. Devices will be unassembled and materials are sorted and forwarded to appropriate rehandling. Metal parts will be recycled as material and plastic parts are incinerated.
Electronic waste reception is free of charge.
Most common electronic devices at homes are
- refridgerators and freezers
- stowes, washing machines, sauna stowes, vacuum cleaners and tools
- TV’s and computer screens
- computers and their devices
- halogen and energy saving light devices
- Small WEEE (coffee machines, electronic toothbrushes, GPS-devices, toys)
- hazardous waste
- landfill site waste
- recyclable devices
YES: fluorescent lamps, energy-saving light bulbs, chemicals whose packages have a warning symbol
WHERE: to a hazardous waste collection point, see the kierratys.info website
YES: small and large household batteries, mobile phone batteries
WHERE: to red battery collection containers that you can find in stores and kiosks
The metal from batteries is recycled and all hazardous materials are processed safely.
Electrical equipment (SÃ¤hkÃ¶laitteet) and electronics (Elektroniikka)
YES: all electric or battery-powered devices and toys
WHERE: small devices to stores that sell electronics, big devices to electronic waste collection points, see the kierratys.info website.
The metals from electrical equipment (such as gold) are recycled.
Plastic packages (Muovipakkaukset)
YES: bags, films, boxes, wrappings and other plastic packages
NO: PVC plastic (symbol 03), plastic toys, plastic dishes and other plastic products
Recycled plastic packages are used to make new plastic products.
How to reduce the amount of waste?
- Freeze excess food. Store food correctly.
- Drink tap water, it is good and safe in Finland.
- Only buy items that you really need.
- Buy durable items. You can earn some money by selling them later.
- Buy and sell used goods.
- Take good care of your goods and store them according to the instructions.