It’s all in the tube

The new era of residential living calls for brand new recycling solutions. At Jätkäsaari, there is a new, innovative pipeline-based waste collection system which introduces hi-tech into waste management on an unprecedented scale.

Using an underground pipe network, waste travels to the waste collection station in a flash. Trucks gather the waste and transport them onwards – waste is utilized as recycled material, incinerated for energy or turned into compost soil.

The effect on residents’ every-day living comfort is clear. The traditional waste bins disappear from the yard and the truck traffic in the vicinity of the houses is reduced considerably. The system is easy to use, safe and silent to operate.

But how does it work, then? The waste collection points are usually located in connection to the exits in each block. The residents sort out the waste – mixed waste, biowaste, paper and cardboard – and take them to the appropriate waste collection point. That’s all one needs to do – the waste collection points empty themselves, automatically. Zooooom – traveling at 70 km/h, the waste is whisked away to the waste collection station to their designated waste containers. Trucks pick up the full containers from the station and transport the waste for further processing.

We can sort it out!

Sorting out the waste – the right way – is the key. There are four separate waste points – don’t get them mixed up! Don’t worry, common sense is really the only tool needed here.

Here’s your quick guide to a greener tomorrow – pretty soon you’ll be a recycling champion

Take care of the tube

According to Finnish legislation on waste management, biowaste and mixed waste must be placed in a bag. Biowaste must have its own, biodegradable bag; mixed waste can be placed in e.g. regular grocery store plastic bags.

The waste hatch will only accommodate one bag (with a size of no more than 20 liters) at a time. You can not place any long or large items in the system; they belong in the recycling room.

You CAN NOT place any of the following items/materials in the tube
mattresses, Christmas trees, clothes, ice hockey sticks, folders, tree branches, corrugated board, pans, polystyrene, microwave ovens, toasters and other devices/appliances.

Jätkäsaari recycling rooms and waste points on the map