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Opportunities for Finnish Waste Management companies in Russia

Integrated strategy for MSW treatment in Russia creates opportunities for Finnish bioeconomy companies.

The integrated strategy for treatment of MSW has to be implemented by 2030. According to the strategy the target level of recycling is 60%. Russia has already adopted new legislation to reform waste sector. In most regions of the country the implementation of the reform started from 1.1.2019. The biggest changes are:

  • Extended responsibility for manufactures and importers of certain goods and packaging
  • New scheme for waste management through regional operators, who will be responsible for organizing MSW management in their region (transportation, sorting, recycling, disposal etc).
  • Finland has experience from similar reforms in the recent decades and can succeed in Russian waste market.

Solutions or products needed

The new strategy is extremely interesting for example for Finnish companies in the following sectors:

  • high-quality solutions in waste treatment
  • waste-to-energy
  • bioenergy sectors
  • infrastructure for recycling
  • waste shipment in North
  • rehabilitating landfills
  • educational programs
  • modernizing technology

Team Finland activities available for Finnish companies

It would be strongly recommended to take an active part in various events dedicated to Waste management organized by the Consulate and the Embassy of Finland as well as in business missions to the largest cities and regions of Russia. B2B meetings with the waste sector participants, especially with The Regional waste operators. Free consultation by Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and contact finding. Visits of the Heads of Municipalities to Finland.

Elena Marina, Senior Advisor
+7 921 869 0506

Background information

Russia has started to think about improving its waste management system.

Around 60 million tons (households – 50 M tons, 10 M tons MSW from business) of MSW is generated each year, amounting to more than 400 kg per capita. The volume of MSW in Russia has been steadily increasing in recent years (+3-5% each year). At present, around 93-97 percent of all MSW is sent for disposal to legal landfills (about 1100) as well as authorized waste deposits (more than 15 000) and illegal dumps (no exact information) without sorting. 5-7 percent of household waste are disposed in an environmentally friendly manner. Waste dumping is quite common.

Each year about 0.4 million hectares of land are allocated for the new landfills, which is comparable to the territory equal to Moscow and St. Petersburg combined. According to the results of the inventory of Russian territories there are 340 objects of accumulated environmental damage; quite high is a potential threat to life and health of 17 million people. The report of the Word Bank warned that if Russia continued to dispose of garbage without enacting large-scale waste recovery efforts, the number of landfills would have to double by 2025 and that something should be done immediately to prevent an ecocatastrophe.

Finnish companies can offer solutions for waste collection, sorting and recycling, reuse services. Here we can talk about the supply of equipment as well as the provision of innovative technologies, which are in demand now, and in the future needs will increase significantly.


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