Recycling service for surplus excavation material

The earth-mass market is large-scale circular economy at its best: using surplus materials to conserve natural resources.

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Problem

Surplus earth material is produced at building sites, and the material is currently processed predominantly as waste and taken to landfills for heaping. However, a large amount of earth mass is needed in construction and the earth mass is usually from earth excavation points. The need for earth materials in construction and the supply and demand of surplus earth materials from construction sites do not currently tally up.

Solution: a recycling service for surplus excavation material

Maapörssi offers a service that enables clean surplus soil material left over from construction projects and demolition materials that are pursuant to the Government Decree concerning the recovery of certain wastes in earth construction (MARA) to be recycled and used in other earthwork projects. Users can report that they want to receive or offer surplus earth materials. Profiles intended for professionals allow users to view more detailed information on sites, to receive weekly reception and offer notifications, and purchase vouchers for reception of earth materials.

Maapörssi’s customers have access to a transport application that helps customer companies manage their material flows. It also contains features such as digital consignment reports.

Revenue logic and benefits to Maapörssi

Maapörssi charges users when they register for a personal profile. The company also charges a commission agreed on the reception for surplus earth material vouchers sold through the service that anyone can purchase.

Benefits to customers and end users

By recycling surplus earth materials and passing them on to other building sites nearby, construction companies can save on excavation and transportation costs. Depending on the season, location and type of soil material, construction companies can even get some additional income for their project either by accepting or offering surplus soil.

Facts

Maapörssi in a nutshell

Main business: B2B administrative and support services

Established: 2006

Net sales: €1-50 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2006

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 100%

Employees: 1-10

Headquarters: Tuusula

Website: http://www.maaporssi.fi/

Project

The most interesting companies in the circular economy in Finland

The most interesting companies in the circular economy is a list compiled by Sitra to showcase Finland’s most inspiring examples of the circular economy. Sitra is using the list as a way to challenge Finnish companies to meet the changing needs of the world.

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