Neste and Kesko Group launched a pilot project that enhances recycling practices. The Finnish retailer will install recycling stations at its sites including a box for used cooking oil, which will be used to produce renewable diesel. The sorting facilities will be significantly increased as they aim to raise the recycling rate of waste generated at the station to almost 80%.
According to a survey of 1,000 Finns commissioned by the K Group, Neste and Lassila & Tikanoja, sorting household waste is a daily routine for most people. In contrast, the sorting of waste generated on the road is much less regular. The main challenge is perceived to be the limited possibilities for sorting waste on the road.
Almost a quarter of respondents say they leave their rubbish in the car and 13% of respondents do not recycle when driving. Waste sorting is perceived as the most important issue among people aged 65 and over, with up to 63% of them saying they sort waste when they are on the road. Young people aged 18-24 are the least likely to sort waste, with only 15% of this age group saying they recycle on the road.
”Through the survey, we identified developments to move towards a more responsible station network. We are responding to the needs of road users by improving recycling points and sorting instructions. We will also improve the sorting of waste fractions in our own operations – with the aim of increasing the waste recycling rate to 78% by the end of 2021,” said Mikko Paukkonen, Chain Director of Neste K service stations.
As part of the Linnatuule pilot project, Neste will produce renewable diesel from frying fat used in the traffic scene. Neste will expand the Neste MY renewable diesel distribution network during spring and summer 2021. With the expansion, motorists will be served by a network of almost 150 stations in Finland.