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Textile recycling pilot in Finland

During the year 2016 an end-of-life textile pilot project was organized in the collection area of Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto. The wish was to open doors for textile waste recycling. Goals of the collection pilot were to

  • assess ways to collect end-of-life textiles and measure their quantity and quality,
  • find economic and resource efficient methods for better utilization of textile waste in line with the waste hierarchy principle,
  • create uniform modes of operation and instructions as well as
  • create a growth platform for new businesses who utilize recycled textiles.

The collected textiles were sorted in halls located in Turku and Kaarina, by Turun seudun TST ry and the Ekokaarina recycling centre.

The pilot was lead by Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto and the Turku University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the City of Turku, SITRA, the Finnish Solid Waste Association and Ekokem.

Do you have thoughts about applications for textile materials? What about textile-related business operations or new ideas?

Project manager Henna Knuutila
puh. 040 355 0827,

Production manager Jyri Metsänranta
puh. 044 727 6850,


According to a study by the Finnish Environment Institute, over 10 kg of waste is annually produced per capita. The number has been growing since the beginning of the 21st century. For now, there are no large scale alternatives in Finland for textile material collection. In the future, Southwest Finland aims to be a carbon neutral region and lead the way to a circular economy. The urban strategy of Turku aspires to carbon neutrality by 2040 and also to energy and resource efficiency in all activities. The end-of-life textile pilot is a part of a shared direction.


Check out our new videos! The first video shows our ”Tekstiilitalkoot” event that was held in Skanssi shoppingmall in Turku 7.-13.3.2016. There we collected used textiles from citizens. The second video shows our sorting station and the student group working in the pilot.


To find out more about what we’re doing, visit our other websites:   A network of environmental know-how for SMEs  Resource efficiency and circular economy  Social innovations and responsibility