Over 99 per cent of Altia’s waste is utilised
Minimising the environmental impacts of its operations is an important goal for Altia. The company aims to reduce the amount of waste and increase the utilisation of the waste it generates on a continuous basis.
The recycling and utilisation of waste is at a high level in Altia. In 2017, at company level, 99.5 per cent of waste was recycled or reutilised. The goal is for different types of waste to be reused primarily as materials.
There are, nevertheless, plant-specific differences in the utilisation of waste. The waste generated by the Rajamäki plant includes cardboard, glass, PET and paper. The majority – over 90 per cent – of the materials are recycled. The waste unfit for recycling as materials, for example wet cardboard, is used for the production of energy. Waste unfit for recycling or utilisation as energy amounts to only 4.2 per cent of the total waste. This includes, for example, non-combustible construction waste, such as concrete and brick, as well as other waste not suitable for recycling. Even the construction waste is used at landfills to reinforce bedding and ramps.
The Koskenkorva plant does not generate any packaging waste at all, and nearly all of the waste generated in the ethanol production process can be used as energy, thanks to the plant’s own bioenergy power plant. The primary fuel of the power plant is barley husk.
Due to Estonia’s different recycling infrastructure, the Tabalasu plant did not achieve as high recycling and utilisation figures as the plants in Finland, therefore generating more landfill waste (12.2 per cent).
The continuous reduction of used and disposed of packaging material is a company-wide goal at Altia. In addition to the company’s own activities, suppliers are encouraged to reduce extra packaging, so that the material delivered to the plants would not be excessively packaged. In its own operations, Altia aims to lighten packages and reduce the volumes of required materials by, for instance, moving from cardboard boxes to shrink-wrapping and by standardising transport packages.