The new Waste Act (2022) sets high standards, even internationally. When following it, the environmental load from tourism and the carbon footprint of waste management are very low. And that includes ecotourism!
The objectives of the Waste Act can be met by keeping the amount of mixed waste low, separating hazardous waste from other waste, sorting recyclable materials and reusing them and by composting biowaste on site in composters.
Case Lähteelä: Paradise for water sports and outdoors enthusiasts relies on Raita waste plant
The City of Helsinki ordered a project plan from Raita to bring all waste management at Lähteelä into line with the city’s rules and minimise its carbon footprint.
– We wanted to make life easier for the business operator on the island with modern waste management. There is no water point there, so for example we doubled the number of collection containers for recycling biowaste. So we can always take a clean container to the recycling area while the other is being cleaned at the washing station, says the head of the Local Sports Unit, Petri Angelvuo.
– The biowaste system in the barbecue area also enables customers to recycle their biowaste. Emptying the collection containers from the layer composter into the deep composter is easy, says Lähteelä’s warden and head of restaurant services Mikko Hyrkäs.
Lähteelä waste station has Raita deep composters. One container filled up last summer and the other has been filling up over the autumn and winter.
– It is easy to fill and use the deep composter and sorting station. Now customers can also put their sorted waste into the right containers, Hyrkäs says.
RT 800 composter handles biowaste from Haltia Lake Lodge and glampers
Haltia Lake Lodge is an ecological nature boutique lodge in Nuuksio. Their challenge was to find a solution that wouldn’t impact nature whilst facilitating hygiene and biowaste recycling for their glampers.
The system also had to accommodate biowaste from the nature lodge complex.
– Raita’s solution ticked all the boxes. As well as biowaste from the kitchen, the composters also cope with frozen WC waste from glampers, says CEO and co-founder Teemu Tuomarla at Haltia Lake Lodge.
The previous composter, from another manufacturer, filled up quickly and didn’t perform in the winter. It completely goes against the idea of biowaste recycling if you have to order a truck to empty it.
– The Raita composter has a bigger capacity, it’s electrified and has a heating cable. The biowaste always stays unfrozen, so the process works with WC waste. For us the Raita composter has been a good, sustainable and versatile way to easily manage composting and service the lodges. Our user experiences have been good, Tuomarla sums up.