National Waste Plan – towards a recycling society


From Recycling to a Circular Economy – National Waste Plan to 2023 sets out the objectives for waste management and waste prevention and the measures to reach the objectives for the next six years. Detailed targets are set and measures presented for four key areas: construction and demolition waste, biodegradable waste, municipal waste, and waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The plan was prepared in broad collaboration with experts on waste issues and various stakeholders. The Strategic Cooperation Group for the Waste Sector appointed by the Ministry of the Environment acted as the steering group for the preparation of the Waste Plan.

Waste Plan presents the long-term target state to 2030 for waste management and waste prevention

  • High standard waste management is part of the sustainable circular economy.
  • Material-efficient production and consumption save natural resources and mitigate climate change.
  • Volumes of waste have decreased from the present. Reuse and recycling have risen to a new level.
  • Recycling market works well. Reuse and recycling create new jobs.
  • Valuable raw materials present at low levels are also recovered from recycled materials.
  • Material cycles are innocuous and less and less hazardous substances are used in the production.
  • In the waste sector there is high-quality research and experiments and competence in waste issues is at a high level.

Background material

Specific background studies were carried out for the National Waste Plan. The previous plan and its follow-up reports also serve as the basis for the new plan.

Further information

Sirje Stén, Ministerial Adviser, tel. + 358 295 250 276,

Published 2018-01-10 at 14:01, updated 2019-03-22 at 9:18