The plastic industry uses recycled plastic to replace virgin raw materials that are manufactured from oil. Recycling waste as materials is of primary importance. Plastics that are unsuitable for recycling should be used to generate energy.
Empty and clean plastic packaging can be recycled. Plastic packaging containing residues of hazardous substances such as paint, chemicals, oil or pharmaceuticals must be recycled via different routes. They are sorted as energy wastes or mixed wastes.
In Finland, Ekokem is responsible for the processing of separately collected plastic.