A total 35 proposals were submitted to the open initiative organised by the City of Jyväskylä to invite ideas to promote circular economy among consumers. Ten of the proposals were selected for practical implementation in the form of six individual projects to be launched over the next two years. Funding for the experiments will be provided from the EU-sponsored CIRCWASTE programme to be implemented during 2016–2023.

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R&D Development Manager, Ms. Pirkko Melville, phone +358 40 565 3066, pirkko.melville[at]jyvaskyla.fi 

Recently nominated as the 2019 Circular Economy Municipality of the Year, the City of Jyväskylä also wished to consult local residents by inviting ideas on how to prevent the generation and reduce the amount of wastes and promote the reuse, shared use and circulation of materials on a day-to-day basis.

From plastics experiment to standing practice

Several contributors proposed that the waste collection intervals be extended. This is only natural considering that packaging plastics are being collected more extensively than before. As a result, there has been a marked decrease in the quantity of general waste produced by households and real estate properties.

It is worth noting that a similar call for ideas held two years ago generated numerous ideas related to plastics. The plastics experiment suggested by the ideas received at that time was carried out during the previous project period. As a result of said experiment and the subsequent extended pilot project, the new waste management regulations to be adopted shortly will imply a number of changes; for example, the supplementary collection of packaging plastics will be extended to all housing companies with more than five housing units.

Aiming for a lasting change

The proposals were also challenging. Some of them – such as the proposal for an extension of the waste collection cycle – did not actually require any experimentation; they were, rather, proposals for improvements that could be implemented directly. Secondly, some ideas called for changes so massive that they cannot be tested on a small scale because of the limited project funding available. Thirdly, the objective was to identify ideas suitable for small-scale testing that, if and when expanded, could achieve a major change in society.

Ten ideas, six experiments

Of the ideas suggested, a panel of experts selected ten that will be translated into six separate experiments to be carried out in the Jyväskylä region over the next two years.

The preliminary working titles of the experiments are

  1. Carpooling and shared use vehicles
  2. Household sorting made easy
  3. Climate action at home
  4. Sustainable catering
  5. End to disposable plastics – elimination of excessive plastics in health care
  6. Recovery of recirculated water

The first experiment is due to be launched before the end of the year. Jyväskylä City wishes to thank all those participating in this calls for ideas.