Circular economy

A circular economy promotes sustainable use of resources, which saves both money and the environment, and also decreases green house gas emissions. In a circular economy the whole life cycle is taken into account when evaluating the environmental impact.

HSY operates in the circular economy

At HSY we are working everyday with promoting and enabling a circular economy in our region and elsewhere. Our goal is to increase material and energy efficiency both in our own acitivities and in our region. We are working to increase the recycling rate and promoting a circular economy by improving our own processes, but also by providing regional data and by taking part in local and international projects and research, development and innovation.

Infograph describing the acitivities of HSY in circular economy

A safe and efficient water loop 

We clean the raw water to safe drinking water and take care of the removal and treatment of wastewater, so that the water can safetly be let to the ocean and returned to the water cycle. Our water management produces most of the energy needed ourself, and we effectively capture nutrients from the wastewater so that they and be recycled.

Recycling is enabled by sorting

A shift to a circular economy requires even more efficient use of materials, and effective recycling. We have set ambitious goals to increase the recycling rate of municipal sold waste: 60 % in the year 2025. In order for the goal to be reached we are providing sorting services and waste management services that encourages sorting. We educate and promote waste reduction, reuse of products and sorting. We provide inhabitant, decision makers and other stakeholder with regional information and data of circular economy and waste. In collaborations with other stakeholder, we collect and process waste efficienlty into recycled materials. We also provide a platform for circular economy businesses, Ekomo. 

 

Regional indicators of municipal solid waste

In addition to national data of municipal solid waste more local and regional data is necessary in order to manage and follow up regional actions. 

In Finland the municipalities set up their own collection and goals recycling of municipal solid waste, within the boundaries of national law and EU guidelines. The actions and measures are taken on a local or regional level, and therefor it is important to have data supporting regional decision-making and follw-up. We are working in regional cooperation to provide and communicate information in order to promote recycling and circular economy as well as contributing in projects regionally, nationally and internationally.