Accessibility of bring sites for plastic packaging waste, reusable textiles and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

Improving waste sorting at households is in a key role in meeting the ambitious recycling targets. One of the most important factors influencing households’ recycling behavior is the availability and accessibility of recycling services: how far away from home the nearest bring sites are. According to the law, the network of recycling points should be sufficient as well as equally distributed and accessible in all regions.

We will monitor the accessibility of bring sites for plastic packaging waste, reusable textiles and WEEE. The accessibility is estimated as the residents’ distance to the nearest bring site via roads and walkways based on Digiroad road network dataset. The estimation illustrates how easy and time-consuming source separation is and whether the bring site can be accessed by foot or bike or is a car needed to transport the recyclables. As the main data source, we use the kierratys.info service, maintained by the Finnish Solid Waste Association (KIVO). In addition, for textiles we use data on the reusable textile collection points maintained by UFF, Fida and Red Cross (SPR). For WEEE, we have included also retail, electronics and home appliances stores that take back discarded electrical appliances.

The availability and accessibility of bring sites varies between residential areas, municipalities, and regions in different parts of Finland. Although there are bring sites all over the country, the sites are most easily accessible in the densely populated areas and cities in the south. In average, the Uusimaa region residents have the shortest distance to the bring sites and the Lappi residents the longest.

Plastic packaging waste bring sites

Accessibility of plastic waste packaging bring sites: length of driving distance and accessibility on foot or bike in 2019

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Accessibility of the nearest plastic packaging waste bring sites as road distance from home in 2019 in each region (all households)

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Accessibility of the nearest plastic packaging waste bring site as road distance from home in 2019 (residents of small-houses)

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Reusable textile bring sites

Accessibility of textile bring sites: length of driving distance and accessibility on foot or bike in 2019

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Accessibility of the nearest reusable textile bring sites as road distance from home in 2019 in each municipality

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WEEE bring sites

Accessibility of WEEE bring sites: length of driving distance and accessibility on foot or bike in 2019

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Accessibility of the nearest WEEE bring site as road distance from home in 2019 in each region

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More information

  • Senior Research Scientist Kati Pitkänen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
  • Researcher Tiina Karppinen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
  • Researcher Kimmo Nurmio, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi
Published 2020-05-19 at 12:49, updated 2020-05-19 at 13:09
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