What is made out of plastic packages?
Plastic packages are collected and turned into raw
materials for new plastic products. In this way it is possible to reduce the
need for oil in the production of plastic products.
The producer association called Suomen Uusiomuovi Oy, i.e. Finnish Plastics Recycling Ltd, is in charge of utilising plastics as material. This producer association represents companies which pack or import plastic packages into Finland. The Finnish
Plastic Recycling Ltd has signed an agreement with Ekokem Corp. about plastic
recycling at Plastic Refinery. Its products includes granulates, i.e. grains, for the use of the plastic industry.
Can I put styrox packages and chip bags into the plastic package collection?
You can dispose of EPS packages, i.e. cellular or cell foam plastics, in the waste collection container. EPS plastic, expanded polystyrene is also known by the name ‘styrox’. Also mixed materials can disposed of in the collection if they are plastics. For instance, such packages as coffee packs and potato chip bags, with aluminium lining.
and some other plastic packages cannot be used for recovering materials as yet. Styrox
packages crumble easily in the treatment process and therefore are not suitable
for recycling. Neither can mixed materials be utilised as raw
material for new products. Nevertheless, these packages are separated in
the recycling facility and will be used for energy recovery.
You can also
sort these kinds of packages into the mixed waste container. We transport mixed
waste to Vantaa Energy’s waste-to-energy plant.
cannot put anything else than only packages into the collection container for
packaging products in plastic packages or companies importing plastic packages
into Finland are obligated by the Decree on Packaging and Packaging Waste
(518/2014). Companies must organise material utilisation, i.e. recycling of used
plastic packages. Companies represented by the producers’ association called
The Finnish Plastic Recycling Ltd.
part of households' daily plastic waste is packages. Other plastics can be
disposed of among mixed waste. We transport mixed waste to Vantaa Energy’s
waste-to-energy plant where it is turned into district heat and electricity. We
don’t take mixed waste generated by households to the landfill.
have to wash up the plastic package waste?
packages must be empty, and not very dirty packages should be thrown into the
collection container. For instance, food remains can become mouldy and cause
odours during the storage time of plastic packages. However, it is not worth washing
waste items as it isn’t a smart action environmentally. For instance, a shampoo
bottle is clean enough if you just rinse it with a little bit of water. It is
enough just to wipe a grease-stained plastic package, like a butter tub, with a
piece of paper.
package or a package which is very difficult to clean can always be thrown into
the mixed waste container. It will be utilised for district heat and electricity
generation in Vantaa Energy's waste-to-energy plant.
don’t all recycling points have a container for plastic packages?
on Packaging and Packaging Waste (518/2014) provides that there are at least
500 regional collection points for plastic packaging available for inhabitants
in Finland. The responsibility of organising the collection points lies with
the Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI Ltd. At present, the HSY catchment area
provides the number of collection points required by the Decree on Packaging
and Packaging Waste. Properties have no obligation to organise plastic package
collection points are planned for the HSY catchment area. New large
single-family-housing areas and, for example, the removal of a recycling point
to another place due to the changes in land use, are an exception to this.