As a rule, the Construction Establishment of Finnish Defence Administration procures are produces the real estate maintenance, energy and cleaning services required by the Finnish Defence Forces. Waste management and its development form an essential part of the Construction Establishment’s environmental policy; their goal is that the waste from daily operations is processed in accordance with the Waste Act and the waste management regulations of the municipalities in a manner that is the best possible for the environment. The Construction Establishment of Finnish Defence Administration has been working on waste management development in the defence administration for a long time, systematically since the early 2000s.
The development of the waste management operations will contribute to the fulfilment of social obligations, comply with the waste legislation, prepare for tougher environmental legislation, prevent risks and build a positive environmental image. Costs can be saved by developing the logistics of waste management and by increasing material efficiency, reducing waste quantities, sorting waste better and preventing it from being generated.
The Construction Establishment has been monitoring the amount of waste generated by the Defence Administration since 2007, as well as the costs by contract and by waste fraction. The results of the monitoring can be used to develop waste management to be more cost-effective and have more efficient sorting.
The preparation of waste management plans for garrisons and training areas has been a significant part of the development of waste management. The development of waste management also involves the monitoring of waste volumes and the annual compilation of waste volume reports. In addition, various waste management communications projects and the regular updating of the waste management guidelines are part of the development of waste management.
The Construction Establishment of Finnish Defence Administration has also implemented several separate waste management projects. Examples that can be mentioned include a sorting study of mixed waste, a nationwide audit of waste management, and indoor waste management projects aimed at improving the level of sorting at the place of origin with the help of pilot sites. In 2014, a situational awareness of waste management was established; this will continue as the preparation of a long-term waste management plan. The goal of the planning and development of waste management is to have a practical and cost-effective waste management, organised in accordance with national objectives and legislation.