Waste 2019

The Group’s operations primarily generate common municipal waste, scrap metal, hazardous waste, and construction and industrial waste. The total volume of waste generated by Patria in 2019 was approximately 991 tonnes, which represents a rise of about 29% on 2018. Patria’s 2019 recycling ratio was 38% of its total waste volume, compared to 44% in the previous year. Most (72%) of Patria’s waste consisted of common waste, that is, municipal waste, construction waste and scrap metal (total 718 tonnes). One quarter (28%) of the waste was hazardous (273 t).

Common waste includes energy waste, unsorted waste, paper, cardboard, sludge, waste wood, organic waste, common electrical and electronics scrap, construction waste, glass, plastic, brick and concrete waste, steel and aluminium scrap, and packaging metal. Hazardous waste principally consists of oily waste, wash water, sediment and other waste classified as hazardous. The total volume of waste generated by Millog in 2019 was approximately 1,606 tonnes, which represents a rise of about 38% on 2018. This figure was impacted by changes in the reporting process and the inclusion of all types of waste in the report. In 2018, Millog only reported on mixed waste, metal and hazardous waste. Millog also launched the 6S project in 2019, which has included the removal of a lot of surplus material from production premises and may have contributed to the increase in waste. Millog’s 2019 recycling ratio was 67% of its total waste volume, compared to 71% in the previous year. The majority of the reported waste (746 tonnes) was scrap metal that is generated when Millog decommissions Finnish Defence Force equipment. The impacts of this large volume of recyclable scrap metal are reflected in the recycling rates of both Millog and the entire Group, and this should be noted when examining the figures.

Millog operates at several Finnish garrisons, and some of the waste generated during Millog’s operations ends up in containers belonging to the Finnish Defence Forces. The Finnish Defence Forces report on this waste in their own report. The volume of waste generated by Millog is therefore slightly larger than reported here. The Patria Group’s waste volume totalled about 2,597 tonnes, including waste figures for Patria and Millog.

The Group seeks to raise awareness of waste utilisation and processing methods, and to promote waste recycling. In 2016, Patria began the systematic gathering of information on the utilisation and processing of waste. Information for 2014 and 2015 has also been gathered retroactively. Data collection methods were also revised during 2019. Waste data from Espoo (1–2 tonnes per annum) was retroactively added to reporting for the years 2016–2018.

The waste usage rate (treatment methods other than landfill) was about 86% and the recycling rate about 56% (if Millog’s waste is also included). Approximately 48% of Patria’s own municipal waste was recycled, constituting a decrease of about three percentage points on 2018. The recycling rate for Millog’s municipal waste also fell by five percentage points on 2018. Municipal waste volumes rose significantly in both Patria and Millog’s operations. Approximately 23% of hazardous waste was recycled, constituting a decrease of 11 percentage points on 2018. Patria’s hazardous waste volumes rose noticeably on the previous year (+ 100 tonnes) and the recycling rate fell by 12 per cent, that is, five percentage points (Figure 10). Although the volume of hazardous waste generated by Millog decreased by several tonnes on the previous year, the recycling rate fell by eight percentage points.


More information: Patria's CSR report (part of the Annual Report)