Enercet Ltd from Jyväskylä, Finland has invented a new way of collecting plastic waste. The company launched its new product, a press integrated in the waste container cover, at the Turku Community Technology Fair.
The fluffy plastic packaging waste shrinks into a smaller space at the bottom of the waste container. The lid of the yellow plastic collection container includes a mechanical clamp that works without electricity and other adornments. You just rotate the crank handle.
Enercet Ltd has innovated new ways of collecting refuse, which allow the housing companies to save on their waste costs.
The company has developed a waste bin with a mechanical, manual press on the lid. It compresses the bulky plastic waste into a more compact form and more plastic waste can be stored in the same container.
“In August we received patent protection for this compactor which is integrated in the cover of the waste container,” says Pasi Hyytinen, Chairman of the Board of Enercet.
He can be called an innovator in waste logistics, as he has accumulated several waste-related inventions and patented solutions during his career.
Waste bin for masks at customer’s request
The company also has in its selection a bio-waste bin with a lid that opens with a foot pedal. During a pandemic it is convenient not having to touch the cover by hand.
In December the company launched a mask trash bin that compresses used masks into a small space. The product is used in schools, shops and municipal offices.
“We have tried to keep our finger on the pulse. This product idea was also born from a customer’s proposal”, Hyytinen explains.
The dishes are made in Greece, but the press for Enercet is made by M-Levy Ltd from Muurame, Finland. The products are assembled by Inora Ltd from Iisalmi, Finland
Extra space for the waste collection site
At the October Community Technology Fair in Turku, Enercet presented its latest invention: a waste canopy, or container shelter, equipped with a press.
“The problem for housing associations is that waste rooms and canopies are required to accommodate containers for the separate collection of more and more waste. Presses can be used to replace one large container with two smaller ones. ”
Compression dishes have been used and tested in various parts of Finland. Experience has shown that with pressure at least three times more plastic waste can be fitted into a container than without compression.
“If the waste container holds 5-10 kilos of plastic waste in normal circumstances, with the help of the press 35-40 kilos can easily be fitted in. If the unloading of containers is organized correctly, emptying intervals can be extended and waste transports can be reduced up to 40-fold a year. This would mean huge savings for the housing association. Emissions from transportation would also decrease”, Hyytinen concludes.
Even more waste could be fitted into the container with the help of the press, but Enercet wants to ensure the occupational safety of the waste operator. Therefore, the container weight does not exceed forty kilos.
Reducing the costs of recycled plastic
The cost of collecting plastic waste should also be reduced for another reason.
If the collection of plastic waste is very expensive, it is very difficult for recycled or reprocessed plastic to compete on the market with virgin plastic.
“We have calculated that without the press, the collection of plastic waste from housing companies will cost well over thousand euros per tonne, and the costs will only increase as the separate collection of plastic waste increases.
A ton of virgin plastic granulate is available for a couple of hundred euros per tonne “Hyytinen compares.
Housing companies and a few municipal companies have already been interested in finding ways to reduce costs.
Enercet has also faced objection. Hyytinen thinks that the reformer of the market is not welcomed in where the transport company receives its revenue based on the number of emptying intervals.
According to Hyytinen, the company’s vessel innovations have even come under direct vandalism and defamation
According to him, it would be cost-effective and environmentally friendly if the containers were only emptied when they are full. Therefore, the company has also developed surface sensors for waste containers.
Press in the kitchen cabinet
Internationally, the products of Enercet have generated interest. Products are already sold to a few EU countries, England and the Baltic market.
The company has started reselling e.g. in Romania, Russia and Poland.
In the autumn, Enercet will once again launch a new product based on their own invention:
“A waste press that integrates into the kitchen sink cabinet will be brought to consumer market. In this way, plastic waste can be pre-compressed already in the kitchen. There is clearly a demand for this”, Hyytinen and Ari Meuronen, the Sales Director, explain.
The Community Technology exhibition, held in mid-October, gathered a total of 3,900 participants in Turku, Finland.
Photos: Elina Saarinen, Ari Meuronen and Pasi Hyytinen from Enercet Ltd presenting their dish innovation.