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Published May 15, 2019

Reusing animal-based waste

Honkajoki uses animal-based waste from farms, slaughterhouses and meat-cutting plants and refines them into raw materials for products such as pet food and biofuels. The surplus energy generated by the production plant is sold to other companies in the region, and the nutrients contained in the wastewater are recycled.

Problem

Agriculture and the meat industry produce a lot of organic waste. The raw materials contained in them are still an unexploited resource in developed countries in particular, where waste often ends up unprocessed in landfills and waste ponds. Insufficient treatment methods spread waste-based matter into the environment, where it causes nutrient loads and methane emissions, and possible risk of contagion to animals and people.

Solution: reusing animal-based waste

Honkajoki processes animal-based waste from farms, slaughterhouses and meat-cutting plants and refines them into raw materials for various industrial sectors. The products are used, for example, in pet foods, biofuels and pharmaceuticals. The company uses every piece of animal-based waste in its production. The surplus energy from production is sold to other companies in the Kirkkokallio area, and the nutrients contained in the wastewater are used in fertilisers.

Honkajoki’s revenue logic and benefits

Honkajoki’s largest business area is the sale of processed animal protein and purified fat to industrial companies. The use of its own waste for energy production and the sale of self-generated energy to other companies lowers Honkajoki’s energy expenses. In addition, the company offers a waste collection service to farms and slaughterhouses and exports its circular economy solution to developing countries.

Benefits to customers and end users

Honkajoki recycles waste from the meat industry and refines it into industrial raw material in compliance with EU and national standards. The company’s solutions ensure that the raw materials delivered to customers are pure and safe to use. The company takes active measures to prevent the spread of animal diseases and environmental pollution with the help of its technology solutions.

Facts

Honkajoki Oy in a nutshell

Main business: Manufacturing of livestock feed

Year of foundation: 1967

Turnover: €1-50 million

Launch of the circular economy solution:  1967

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

Employees: 10-250

Based: Honkajoki

Website: www.honkajokioy.fi

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