MSWI plants and plans in southern Finland

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What are the existing municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) plants and current plans in southern Finland?



Existing and planned MSWI plants that could be optional for Hämeenkyrö MSWI (maximum distance of 250 km) are emphasised at this stage. The MSWI in Hämeenkyrö should comply with the Incineration Directive (2000/76/EC).R↻

Option 0 in the environmental impact assessment for Hämeenkyrö MSWI was not to build the plant but transport the waste to be burned elsewhere or landfilled.

Existing MSWI plant (capacity 50 000 t/a) is in Turku (since 1975), and more burning capacity is planned there for 150 000 ton/a.

There are many plans for MSWI plants in the future. In Riihimäki the construction of 150 000 ton/a plant has already begun and further away in Kotka there is environmental permit for an 80 000-100 000 ton/a plant. Environmental permits were complaint about in Lahti, Kerava and Pori and that has interrupted projects for a while. In Jyväskylä and Seinäjoki environmental impact assessments has been done. In Virrat there was scenario about waste incineration, but that project has been interrupted. Also Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV) has decided to start planning a new MSWI plant, decisions about position, capacity and technique will be made in the near future.

Also co-incineration has been used for waste, even though the tightened legislation has reducing this technique. For example in Pietarsaari tests for burning RDF in existing plant (refuse derived fuel) with other fuels have been recently done (capacity earlier 80 000 ton/a). D↷

Expert estimate for MSWI plants to come true during next years say that the most likely plants are in Turku, Riihimäki and more distant Kotka. Other possibilities on the grounds of situation are Lahti, Pori Jyväskylä and Seinäjoki.

See also discussion on waste management options. R↻



Burning capacity of MSWI plant ton/a


On the grounds of location, the best possibility would be in Pori. Based on the capacity of burning waste, the most likely places seem to be Turku or Riihimäki.

See also


  • Uusiouutiset Vol 17(2006)2
  • Regional Environmental Centres (Uusimaa, Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, West Finland) at [http://]
  • Western Finland Environmental Permit Authority at [1]
  • Helsingin sanomat 29.3.2006