Putting waste to good use
ETELÄ-KARJALAN JÄTEHUOLTO IS A PIONEER IN RECYCLING, AIMING TO RECOVER AS MUCH WASTE AS POSSIBLE FOR REUSE
Etelä-Karjalan Jätehuolto Oy, which handles the management and transportation of waste produced by residents in its owner municipalities, is responsible for the utilization of residents’ waste. The Kukkuroinmäki processing centre in Lappeenranta processes
approximately 40–50,000 tonnes of municipal waste annually. More than half of the municipal waste is recycled as material and the rest is mainly utilised for energy. No municipal waste is taken to landfill anymore. These days, all dry waste produced by households in
South Karelia is turned into energy. The dry waste from households is delivered to Fortum’s waste-to-energy power plant where it is used to produce heat energy and electric power.
Glass, metal, plastic packaging, cardboard and paper, among other things, are recycled as material. Hazardous waste is delivered elsewhere for appropriate processing. Biowaste, garden waste and sludge from wastewater treatment plants are composted in a composting plant located on the premises of the processing centre and used in, for example, civil engineering projects. From the beginning of 2020, biowaste will also be used to produce biogas in a biogas plant to be built in the Kukkuroinmäki area. The biogas will be processed into transport fuel for gas-powered vehicles. Biogas will be available from three EKJH’s own stations from the summer 2020 onwards. Thanks to advice and an extensive network of eco points, the residents of the province efficiently sort and recycle their waste.