Collection and sorting

Finnish municipal waste management companies are currently building a national end-of-life textile collection network. The waste management companies will collect household end-of-life textiles, for which municipalities are responsible, from residents around the country to make sure textile waste will, in a controlled manner, proceed into further processing in Finland.

The participating municipal waste management companies will organise the collection of household end-of-life textiles in their operating areas, experimenting with various collection models. In LSJH’s area, for example, textiles will be collected at all sorting stations and in partners’ facilities.

The aim of various experiments is to find an integrated, national model for end-of-life textile collection, which will make waste management companies’ cooperation easier and the sorting clearer for residents.

As textiles are easily damaged, the pre-sorting must be carried out near the collection point as soon as possible. That is why the first-stage pre-sorting is done before sending the textiles to LSJH. By doing so, we can avoid unnecessary transporting of waste that will be burned and minimise the risk of damaging clothes during storage and transportation.

Sorting ensures a top quality for the raw materials. High-quality sorting carried out in accordance with the quality criteria is a basic requirement for end-of-life textile refinement and recycling.