Circwaste Final Seminar

News 2023-09-13 at 14:37
The Circwaste Final Seminar will be held 26. - 27.10. in Helsinki

The seven-year "Circwaste - Towards a circular economy" project is coming to an end at the end of the year. The project has been implemented between 2016 and 2023. The goal has been to pilot Finland towards a circular economy and implement a national waste plan. Circwaste is the creation of 20 partners and 10 co-financers, with the Finnish Environment Agency acting as the coordinator. The project has received a large part of its funding from the LIFE program of the European Commission.


Event information

Time: First day 26.10.2023 in Finnish and second day 27.10.2023 in English at 08:30 - 16:10
Place: Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, seminar room and live stream
Registration: Register to the event either as an in-person particiant or remote-participant (registration closes on 20.10.): Registration (


The results of seven years of work

Almost 20 pilot projects have been implemented in the Circwaste project, which have produced concrete results, for example, in relation to the development of recycling parks and new recycling functions, the reuse of plastic fractions, the development of surplus food distribution, the production of biogas, intelligent management systems and the creation of industrial symbioses.

In the final seminar, the most impressive results of the Circwaste project will be gathered together and interesting expert speeches will be presented regarding the latest research and development results of promoting the circular economy. In addition, there will be examples from international speakers.


Come to the final project event with us in Helsinki

The results of the Circwaste project will be presented at the final seminar of the project on October 26 and 27 in Hietalahti, Helsinki, in the conference room of the Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel. Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel is located in the former Valio cheese warehouse building, which was designed by architect Maunu Siitonen in 1939, so it is quite suitable as the location for the final seminar of the project that promoted the circular economy. The building is considered a landmark of the industrial architecture of the functionalism era.

Come and hear what has been achieved in the Circwaste project in the last seven years and what has been started in the field of circular economy. At the event, you will be able to network with other experts and experts in the circular economy field.



(Changes to the program possible)

First day (October 26) in Finnish

There will be a simultaneous translator for the morning session: 

Times are EEST.

Chair: Tuuli Myllymaa, Finnish Environment Institute

8.30 Morning coffee
9.00 Opening remarks, Minister of the Environment and Climate Kai Mykkänen, Ministry of the Environment
9.15 Regional waste data and measuring the circular economy, researcher Tiina Karppinen, Finnish Environment Institute
10.00 Circular economy barometer, senior researcher Kati Pitkänen, Finnish Environment Institute

10.25 Break

10.40 Input-output modeling of the effects of the national waste plan, researcher Teemu Meriläinen, Finnish Environment Institute
11.05 There is still recyclable material in mixed waste, senior adviser Hanna Salmenperä, Finnish Environment Institute
11.30 Announcement of the rotating award, environmental adviser Jarmo Muurman, Ministry of the Environment

12.00 Lunch

The afternoon is divided into three separate parallel sessions (only in Finnish):


Second day (October 27) in English

Chair: Heidi Pirtonen, Finnish Environment Institute

8.30 Morning coffee
9.00 Opening words, Head of group, Daniel Montalvo, European Environment Agency
9.15 Introducing the Circwaste-project, Head of group, Project manager Tuuli Myllymaa, Finnish Environment Institute

Measuring circular economy
9.30 Development of social indicators, Senior researcher Kati Pitkänen, Finnish Environment Institute
10.05 Circular economy indicators in Finland in DMC, CMU, biogas utilization and municipal waste statistics, Senior statistician Tuomas Kaariaho, Statistics Finland

Chair: Sari Piippo, Finnish Environment Institute

Reaching recycling targets - experiences from EU LIFE projects
10.35 Waste management solutions in Latvia, Head of LIFE integrated project implementation division, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
10.50 NORDIC PLAST Polymer Materials Testing Laboratory, Armands Skutelis, Ltd. Nordic Plast 
11.05 Polymer based waste as a resource for composite materials, Ģirts Salmiņš, Ltd. Econova Latvia

11.20 Lunch

Chair: Pekka Harju-Autti, Ministry of the Environment

12.20 To be confirmed
12.50 To be confirmed
13.20 PAYT systems and communication as tools to reach the recycling targets: ETRA and LIFE REthinkWASTE project, Riccardo Venturi, Etra S.p.a. - Energia Territorio Risorse Ambientali, Italy

13.50 Coffee break

14.20 A presentation from Finland: to be confirmed
14.40 Increased efficiency for biogas production and nutrient recycling, Research Scientist Ville Pyykkönen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
15.10 New composite products from plastics and fiber waste, Professor Mika Horttanainen, LUT University, Finland
15.30 Relevance of the LIFE IP concept as a tool for implementing EU strategies - experiences from Finland, ministerial adviser Pekka Harju-Autti, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
15.50 Discussion and final words. Head of Group, Project manager Tuuli Myllymaa and Ministerial adviser Pekka Harju-Autti
16.00 Closing of the event



You can register for the event as in-person or as a remote participant until 20.10.:

More information

Project manager Tuuli Myllymaa,, 029 525 1437

Researcher Hanna Savolahti,, 029 525 1592

Project assistant Waltteri Heikkilä,, 0295 251 021


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