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 2020 was approximately 1,389.1 tonnes, which represents a rise of about 40.2% compared to 2019. Patria’s 2020 recycling ratio was 31% of its total waste volume, compared to 38% in the previous year. Waste generated in ISP units’ operations accounted for 389.4 tonnes, and as ISP units’ waste is not included in previous years’ numbers, waste from Patria’s Finnish units increased only slightly compared to 2019.
Waste generated by Millog totalled 1,655.3 tonnes, which represents a rise of 2.2% compared to the previous year. For the year 2019, some updates were made, and the waste amounts increased by 13.4 tonnes for 2019. The total amount of waste remained about the same as in 2019. Millog’s recycling rate rose slightly, from 68% in 2019 to 70% in 2020. 49% of Patria’s waste consisted of common waste, that is, municipal waste, construction waste and scrap metal (total 681 tonnes). 51% of the waste was hazardous (708 t). Waste amounts have increased by 40.2% due to ISP units being included in the reporting for the first time.
Common waste generated by ISP units was 41.3 tonnes, and hazardous waste 348 tonnes. 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. Millog’s common waste accounted for 89.5% (1,481 t) of Millog’s total waste volume, and only 10.5% of it was hazardous waste (174 t).
Common waste increased by 4.4% compared to 2019, but hazardous waste amounts decreased by 13.4%. The Patria Group’s waste volume totalled about 3,044 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.
In February 2020, Linnavuori unit switched to carbon neutral waste management in terms of its community waste. The company behind community waste management (Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj) calculates its carbon footprint that is generated in waste management process and the calculated greenhouse gas emissions are compensated in Gold Standard certificated forestation projects. Only the emissions that cannot be avoided by optimizing energy and fuel use, for example, are compensated, and the company strives for low emissions during the whole waste management process.
The waste usage rate (treatment methods other than landfill) was about 75% and the recycling rate about 52% for Patria and Millog. Approximately 57% of Patria’s own municipal waste was recycled, constituting an increase of nine percentage points compared to 2019. The recycling rate for Millog’s municipal waste increased by two percentage points, from 72% in 2019 to 74% in 2020. Municipal waste volumes decreased in Patria’s operations even though ISP units were added to the calculations. Millog’s municipal waste volume increased slightly.
Approximately 13% of Patria Group’s hazardous waste was recycled, constituting a decrease of 10 percentage points compared to 2019. Patria’s hazardous waste volumes rose noticeably compared to the previous year (+ 408 tonnes) and the recycling rate fell by five percentage points. This is mostly due to large amounts of hazardous waste in ISP Belgium. Hazardous waste produced by Millog decreased 27 tonnes compared to 2019 and the recycling rate stayed the same as in 2019.