Ekokem is one of the leading Finnish total service provider in the field of environmental management. Our services cover for example treatment of contaminated soils, constructions of landfills and many kind of waste treatment solutions. Ekokem is all about customer service undertaken with safety, efficiency and environmental protection.
Ekokem Group consists of four companies: Ekokem Corporation, Ekokem-Palvelu Oy, Sakab AB (Sweden) and Ekokem-TSJ Yrityspalvelut Oy.
Ekokem Corporation and Ekokem-Palvelu Oy carry out hazardous waste management and environmental clean-up and construction projects in Finland and internationally. Ekovoima Oy runs a waste-to-energy plant in Finland. SAKAB offer its customers various treatment methods for a broad range of hazardous waste streams in Sweden.
Ekokem saves natural resources by improving its customers’ material and energy efficiency, as well as by integrating environmental sustainability into its own operations.
The guiding principle in all of our operations is saving natural resources.
- We recover discarded materials for reuse.
- We clean contaminated areas so that they can be used again.
- We remove hazardous substances from the material cycle and make them safe through treatment.
- We save pristine soils by using waste materials in environmental construction.
- We recover energy from waste that cannot be recycled.
- We seek tailor-made solutions for our customers, for waste energy recovery and waste-based energy generation.
When carrying out the above activities, we never compromise on safety or environmental sustainability. Saving natural resources is also our top priority in our own operations.
The new Waste Act entered into force on 1 May 2012. Its purpose is to ensure advanced, material-efficient and responsible waste management in Finland. By 2016, 50 per cent of all municipal waste should be recycled for material recovery. As for construction and demolition waste, 70 per cent should be recycled or reused as material by 2020.
In industry and commerce, the organisation of waste management – municipal waste included – is mainly the waste holder’s responsibility.
In Finland, some types of waste are the producer’s responsibility, in which case the manufacturer or importer – or for packaging waste, the packer – is responsible for the waste management of products that they have brought to the market.
Household waste and municipal waste from public activities are the responsibility of the municipality.
In 2010, the amount of waste generated in Finland was 94.3 million tonnes, almost half of which was mining waste. Construction generated approx. 25 per cent and industry 13 per cent of all waste. The average Finnish household produced 470 kg of municipal waste in 2010, the total amount of which came to 2.5 million tonnes.