Waste recycling brings together like-minded people

Presently, only 20% of PET bottles are recycled in Russia, 11% of which SPECTA uses for PET strap production. How to transfer the waste collection process to a more civilized level and prevent the depositing of landfills with useful raw materials in the country? This and many other topics were discussed at a two-day seminar on waste recycling organized by the Finnish Consulate in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

At the meeting, Russian and foreign experts and business representatives told about their expertise in waste management. As a reminder, Finland occupies today a leading position in the world in terms of waste recycling — only 1% of three million tons waste is sent to the landfill, the rest is converted into energy or used for the production of clothes, dishware, etc.

Thus far Russia is just at the beginning of this way, and therefore presentations of representatives of already working with waste companies were of the greatest interest. Everyone was unanimous — currently, the main problem for the development of the industry is a lack of a unified organized network for a separate waste collection and, indeed, a lack of environmental awareness of people. However, an introduction of a separate waste collection in all cities of the Russian Federation is planned before the end of the year and, perhaps, the situation will radically change.

Erik Helin, president of SPECTA, told colleagues that the company recycles 1.5 million bottles a day! They are processed into raw material for production of plastic packing strap. This product is so highly demanded that SPECTA faced another problem — a lack of raw material.

“We cannot expand the plastic packing strap production today, as for the past years the demand for plastic bottles went up, but the bottles collection has not increased. This resulted in a PET bottle cost increase by almost 50%!”

– Erik Helin, President of Specta

However, according to Mr. Helin, the situation is already changing to the better this year — regional operators are actively working in cities and there is a hope that the number of PET containers collected by them will grow.

SPECTA’s experience in recycling is unique for Russia — the company has created a full production cycle for plastic recycling in a short time: the bottles collected are recycled into flakes in their own waste recycling facility, and then high quality plastic packing strap highly demanded in Russia and abroad is manufactured from the raw materials obtained. Nowadays, many large enterprises, inclusive such giants as NLMK, IKEA, KNAUF and others, are active consumers of Specta PET strap.

But even this tremendous work is just a drop in the ocean due to 80% of plastic in Russia is deposited in landfills, polluting the environment. And so far such enthusiasts as SPECTA, ready to immerse themselves in a new and complex business of utility scrap recycling, are very few. The purpose of the two-day seminar was to show Russian colleagues that a separate waste collection has in store enormous prospects for the business — you just need not be afraid to start.

Erik Helin hopes that the successful example of SPECTA in waste recycling in Russia will inspire other enterprises to work actively in the field of recycling and separate waste collection.

The Deputy Ministr of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation V. Loginov and
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to the Russian Federation Mikko Hautala
at the seminar on waste recycling.

Erik Helin the President of Specta

Anne Lammila, Consul General of Finland in RF


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