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Tue, 10 May, 2016 12:01:52 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 10
 
Photo – Lehtikuva.
Recycling of textile waste is a rarity in Finland, and if a garment is not re-used, it most likely will end up in the trash.
 
“Collection of [these] textiles is not a problem; waste management companies are quite interested in them. But it is hard to find someone who will actually make use of the material,” said Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) Special Designer Hanna Salmenperä.
 
There is currently only one company in the country that industrially reconditions clothes unsuitable for flea markets. 
 
The company Dafecor, which operates in Jyväskylä and Janakkala, manufactures rags from oil collection mats, among other things, and felt for hardwood floors and upholstery.
 
“The materials come mainly from charities with established flea market activities,” said Dafecor Managing Director Risto Saha.
 
According to Saha, one-third of the clothing given to flea markets is in such a poor condition that it cannot be resold by itself.
 
Since the beginning of the year, textile waste may no longer be dumped for the landfills. 
 
According to Salmenperä, the change is not significant for the consumer. Unusable textiles may be thrown in mixed waste containers.
 
“The entire landfill will be replaced by burning of waste to generate electricity. Some municipal waste still ends up in landfills with special permissions,” said Salmenperä.
 
Salmenperä said textile waste constitutes only a few percentage of the total weight of all municipal wastes.
 
The latest recycler is Ikea, which has promised to accept used Ikea furniture and re-sell it.
 
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