UPM informed that UPM Plywood and UPM Timber in Finland had reached the tight recycling target set by the Zero Solid Waste project. According to the announcement, generally, the amount of solid waste is decreasing and waste is utilised more and more efficiently at all of UPM’s mills.
Sanna Kontinen, Manager, Environmental Affairs, commented:
“What we needed was an attitude change: this is how things will be done from now on. Landfill waste containers have disappeared from our sites, and only a few of them have industrial waste containers.
With the Finnish expert organisation Pro Agria, we are testing the usage of sandy bark waste in arable land cultivation, as a soil conditioner that loosens condensed arable land. With South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) we are investigating how sand could be taken off the bark for new applications. In addition, three farmers have taken bark to their fields. In the town of Joensuu, the moist bark waste goes to Kekkilä, the Nordic market leader for gardening and landscaping products.
Applications for recycling are continuously increasing, and plastic sorting in Joensuu is a good example: clear plastic packaging material is collected separately, and the local waste management company picks it up without charge.”
UPM aims to send zero waste to landfill operations globally by 2030.
Earlier UPM sold forest estates in Finland.
The company is largely focused on fibre- and biomass-based businesses, recyclable raw materials and products. UPM integrates bio and forest industries and operates across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood.