A total of 99 per cent of Apetit Group’s waste streams are non-hazardous waste that is either recovered or used in energy production. Almost half of the entire Group’s waste is biowaste from the Säkylä frozen foods plant, consisting mainly of soil that comes to the plant with harvest season vegetables as well as vegetable peeling waste. At reporting year, the Säkylä plant’s biowaste was entirely used as bioenergy raw material.

Approximately 0.1 per cent of the Group’s waste streams is hazardous waste. Hazardous waste was mainly generated by the waste streams of the construction sites at the Säkylä and Kantvik plants. Apetit Group’s waste is processed by an external operator that is responsible for the appropriate disposal of waste.

Waste generated by end products manufactured by Apetit Group consists of packaging waste and potential food waste. The aim is to increase the degree of recyclability of the packaging materials used by Apetit. Approximately, of Apetit products’ consumer packaging waste, 35 per cent is recyclable paperboard, 20 per cent is recyclable plastic and 30 per cent plastics that can not be recovered in recycling.

Apetit Group’s operations do not generate wastewater that would be directly hazardous to the environment. Water that is used at the Säkylä plant to wash harvest season vegetables and thus contains nutrients goes through Apetit’s own wastewater treatment plant, the operations of which are subject to authorisation. If water was released to the environment without treatment, it would increase eutrophication.

Reducing side streams

The bioenergy plant built at the Kantvik vegetable oil milling plant will use the milling plant’s own side streams in energy production. The straw waste that comes with oilseeds will be utilised in the bioenergy plant’s raw materials, which will reduce the amount of the plant’s waste processed elsewhere. The brush scrubbers and steam peelers deployed at the Säkylä frozen foods plant have improved the root vegetable yield by reducing the amount of material ending up as peeling waste.