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Material efficiency

Sponda aims to facilitate convenient sorting of waste at its properties and provide instructions on recycling to the users of properties. Material efficiency is also pursued by reducing the amount of waste generated in construction and renovation work.

The key aspects of the priority are:

  • The sorting and recovery of property waste
  • Improving efficiency in material use, also in purchasing
  • Producing services with fewer material inputs and lower environmental effects

Why is this a priority?

The Finnish Waste Act, which was amended in 2012, is aimed at reducing waste generation, improving material efficiency and increasing waste recovery. The national waste plan sets an objective of recycling 50 per cent by weight of municipal waste by 2016. A further target is to reuse or recycle at least 70 per cent of all construction and demolition waste by 2020. Sponda complies with the Waste Act in the waste management of its properties and aims to contribute to the overall effort to reach the goals of the national waste plan through its own operations. In addition Sponda's target is to increase the waste recovery rate at its properties.

Effective waste management and reducing the volume of waste

While the appropriate sorting of waste is the responsibility of the users of properties, Sponda aims to facilitate convenient sorting of waste at its properties through its own operations and by ensuring that the necessary waste sorting facilities are in place. The company is responsible for post-sorting waste management, unless otherwise agreed with tenants. Sponda encourages and guides the users of properties to recycle and sort waste and to reduce the total volume of waste. Sponda facilitates waste handling by ensuring that waste management rooms are set up as effectively as possible.

Reducing the volume of waste generation is an integral aspect of material efficiency. Sponda’s construction and renovation projects take this aspect into account by investing in flexible and adaptable spatial solutions in building design. This reduces construction waste-generating alteration work during the use of the building.

In the construction phase of new buildings and major renovation projects, the company has adopted on-site waste management guidelines according to the international LEED® and BREEAM® certification systems. In all construction and renovation projects and the day-to-day maintenance of the company's properties, the aim is to minimise the volume of waste ending up at landfill sites.