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Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 12:04:54 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 26
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Recycling of waste in the country is still in its infancy. Starting from next year, it may no longer be necessary to take rags to landfills, instead it will be burned for energy.
The Finnish Environment Institute-Syke, however, said the goals have been set high.
A regulation which came into force at the beginning of the year limits the disposal of organic waste to the landfills. In practice, the textile waste is burned to energy in waste plants. Consumers, however, continue to put torn pieces of cloth in the company of mixed household waste.
Syke, however, believes, it is best to recycle textiles.
“The environmental benefits of recycling would be huge,” senior researcher Helena Dahlbo pointed out.
According to Dahlbo, recycling for environment is as good a solution as re-use of clothes in good condition in the second-hand stores. On the other hand, only 1.5 percent of rags is recycled. In all, 55 million kilos of textile end up in the waste annually.
“Textile waste is not worth collecting, because it does not have benefits. The whole recycling chain should be developed at the same time since there are several bottlenecks,” Dahlbo said.
It involves collection, sorting, processing and manufacturing of new products, and consumer demand is generated from creating new products, Dahlbo added.
Syke has recommended a number of ways to promote recycling. Waste separation of textile materials should be made easier for the consumers and producers and importers should be committed to receive textiles. 
On the other hand, criteria requiring the use of recycled materials should be implemented in public procurement.
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