Waste management – School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Waste management at ARTS, as well as environmental management in general, is coordinated by Campus and Facility Services along with the persons responsible at each department and degree programme.

Waste management at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Waste management at ARTS, as well as environmental management in general, is coordinated by Campus and Facility Services along with the persons responsible at each department and degree programme. ARTS’ exercise, workshop and studio masters also provide help with the implementation of environmental management in practice.

The main objective of waste management is to ensure that as small a share of waste as possible is utilised and therefore ends up at a landfill and that a large a share of waste as possible is utilised as effectively as possible.

Look at the end of this page for links to download a waste sorting guide and waste plans.

Implementation of waste management and contract partners

Lassila & Tikanoja OYJ is Aalto’s contract supplier for cleaning services and the emptying of waste bins (see Cleaning services and notifications).  SITA Finland Oy collects the school’s waste and sees to it that it is delivered to the appropriate treatment facilities. Juhani Heinonen from Property and Technical Services acts as the contact person for waste management.

Every person who studies or works at the school is tasked with ensuring that no waste that does not belong in waste bins is put in them – sorting is not the responsibility of the person emptying the bins or the cleaner, but of all the property’s users.


Annual sustainability reports show the plans and procedures for environmental management that have been introduced over the years as well as the annual statistics for waste management.

Sorting of waste at ARTS

Areas of responsibility in sorting:   • Students and staff are responsible for ensuring that the waste created during their work is sorted correctly in the recycling and waste bins provided by the school. • Each department’s staff is also responsible for emptying the small cardboard (or other type of) paper collection boxes in classrooms and offices into larger plastic bins for paper. which are located near most copiers or at centralised waste points.   • The school’s cleaning service sees to it that small office waste baskets are emptied into energy waste bins. Orange bags are put in energy waste. Some waste baskets also use black bags which go to landfill waste bins.   • Campus and Facilities Services coordinate waste management and are responsible for the emptying of large waste bins in the basement into larger waste containers from where waste is collected.

Materials recycling: Materials that have their own recycling bins include glass, metal paper (white office paper, as well as newspapers and advertisements) and cardboard. Cafeterias and restaurants as well as Kipsari also have their own collection bins for biowaste and carton drink packages. Metal waste collected from cafeterias and restaurants and metal collected from workshops are sorted separately due to their different material compositions. Read the sorting instructions at the end of the page.

Burnable waste: Starting from autumn 2010, also mixed waste that was previously landfill waste is included in energy waste, thanks to more advanced burning technologies. Burnable waste includes mixed plastic waste and small waste. However large amounts of biowaste or metal and any amount of problem waste (such as from painting) should never be put in the burnable waste bins, nor should anything else that has its own collection bins. Read the sorting instructions.

Problem waste: Problem waste includes flammable, corrosive, explosive, environmentally hazardous or toxic materials; waste that requires special disposal. Problem waste is sorted as carefully and thoroughly as possible with other similar problem waste so that they are not mixed with other waste types. Units that produce problem waste must see to it that their collection is organised and that the necessary problem waste collection bins have been purchased and equipped with clear signs.

Always put waste in its own sorting points, never in sorting points for other types of waste. Remember to read the sorting instructions. In cases where it is unclear how waste should be sorted please contact the workshop supervisors.

Avoiding the creation of waste, and utilisation of waste

The most effective form of waste management is to prevent waste from being created. Where possible, the creation of waste should be taken into account already when planning the procurement of equipment, furniture, materials and chemicals. An effort is made to cut down on the overall amount of waste by using materials effectively(i.e. producing as few excess and waste materials as possible) and by providing guidance to staff and student on the use of work methods and equipment that will create as little waste as possible.

If and when materials become unneeded, the following utilisation principle should be complied with where possible:

  •  As a rule, an effort is made to recycle materials, equipment, and furniture that are no longer needed in their original form (internal recycling at ARTS, the Helsinki area’s recycling centre etc. /update, repair/service/reuse...). When this is not possible the alternative is to recycle materials as raw materials for industry (paper, glass, metal, biological waste...). The third option, which is the least effective utilisation method, is to burn waste to create energy (energy waste and private households).
  • There is no benefit in landfill waste, it only causes both ecological and economical harm.

The borrowing and recycling of inhouse equipment, furniture and materials is encouraged and an effort is made to increase these where possible. Onni’s Taikeri hosts a sales and purchase sections, which we recommend everyone uses. Furniture and equipment that are no longer used by the school must when necessary be delivered in their original form to a recycling point such as Kierrätyskeskus (the Helsinki metropolitan area’s recycling centre, which also has a pick-up service) or other parties who will utilise these. Kierrätyskeskus will also pick up materials suited for arts and crafts (wood, textiles, etc.) for use by schools and day-care centres.

This service is provided by:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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