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 converted into biogas.
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, cardboard and plastic packaging– 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.