Plastic packaging for recycling
Recycling plastic packaging saves energy in the production of plastic and reduces the need to use oil. Plastic packaging waste collected from consumers is delivered to Fortum Plastic Refinery in Riihimäki, where Fortum sorts plastics and makes recycled raw materials or finished products. After sorting, a small part goes to further processing in Finland and the rest of Europe.
There are more than 1,850 Rinki eco take-back points in Finland, and more than 600 points also accept plastic packaging from households. To ensure that plastic packaging is recycled appropriately, it is important that the plastic packaging waste returned to the take-back points is carefully sorted according to the sorting instructions.
At the refinery, plastic packaging waste is processed into material that is used in the production of recycled plastic products. Non-recyclable plastic can be used with mixed waste as fuel at waste-to-energy plants.
Recycled plastic is turned into, for example:
- various consumer goods, such as dish brushes, toilet brushes and clothes brushes, shoehorns, flower pots, watering cans, spray bottles
- furniture such as chair components
- various plastic bags and trash bags, recycled plastic bags for shops
- for construction, for example, apparatus box covers and board composites
Read more about recycling plastic packaging: www.uusiomuovi.fi.