More efficient recycling with the circular economy model
The appropriate sorting and recycling of waste is a natural part of Empower’s operations. For instance, all sites of Connectivity business collect construction waste generated on their construction sites and ensure, on behalf of our customer Telia, that waste is processed appropriately. The waste is delivered to Kuusakoski for recycling. Kuusakoski unloads the waste and waste volumes are reported by category to Empower and Telia.
The purpose of sorting is to increase waste recovery and reduce the negative environmental and health effects that would result if waste was disposed of inappropriately. Waste collected from the field and delivered to Kuusakoski includes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), metals, wood materials, construction and cable waste and industrial batteries.
External and internal waste management requirements serve as a guideline in recycling.
"The key waste management requirements originate from the Waste Act and the Government Decree on Waste. In addition to them, Empower’s own instructions and our partners’ quality management systems control the realization of sustainability. A key principle for Empower is that waste will no longer be delivered to a landfill; instead, the aim is to recycle all waste generated by our operations," says Hannu Jaakkola, Account Manager at Empower.