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One person’s waste is another person’s treasure

Sorting waste is easy, smart and produces environmental and cost savings. At its best, sorting can also be a rewarding and fun activity.

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Savings: A house dweller who sorts can reduce the amount of mixed waste, so the waste collection vehicle doesn’t have to pick up waste as often. At best, waste collection can be reduced to once every three months, and that means significant savings. Housing companies can also decrease their waste costs when residents sort. Waste management companies charge the same for every collection, so you save money by reducing the number of waste bins.

Remember this: It may sometimes be difficult to know where to take certain types of waste. You may not be familiar with the location of the recycling points or the instructions in your town. Fortunately, it’s easy to obtain instructions and every piece of waste is sure to find its place in the material cycle.

Reducing your carbon footprint: Sorting your waste can reduce your carbon footprint by 1% per year. If a million Finns did this, it would save the equivalent of 9,000 carbon footprints per year. Recycling materials lowers emissions and decreases the need to use natural resources.

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