Practically all of the animal by-products in Finland are recycled by Honkajoki Ltd. Over the decades this recycling operation has developed into an Ecopark that is totally self-contained. Their rendering process produces high-quality and high-demand end-products, which makes their business highly profitable.

Case: Honkajoki

Growth by Recycling

The governing principle in circular economy is the utilisation of various materials efficiently and sustainably while preserving natural resources. Minimisation of waste and thus the environmental impact is the core idea.

Honkajoki Ltd’s operations are based on the circular-economy model. They recycle inedible animal-derived by-products that are generated by farms, abattoirs and meat-cutting plants and classified as waste under the EU’s Animal By-products Regulation. Most of the offal generated in Finland undergoes processing at Honkajoki’s plants, where it is used to produce raw materials for the energy, feed and fertiliser industries.

Through this process, by-products derived from the food chain are returned to the production cycle. In addition, they apply ecologically friendly and cost-efficient procedures in their dispatching and logistics services.

Honkajoki Ltd continuously develop their operations and strive to make the processes even more natural than they are now. They generate all the energy required for their operations in Honkajoki themselves, and their recycling processes are a net generator of energy. As they only process natural raw materials, all of the end products are recyclable and safe, and their fertiliser products are suitable for organic farming. They have the necessary desire and expertise to develop the Finnish circular-economy concept, and thereby also enable its utilisation in developing countries where the availability of energy, waste management and water purity present great challenges.

What is the Honkajoki circular economy model?

The operating environment in Honkajoki boasts a wind farm for harnessing wind power. In addition, the waste heat generated by the processes is used to heat local greenhouses and farming facilities. Environmentally-friendly energy sources and energy efficiency are typical throughout the production area.

Their recycling process applies a finely honed and strictly regulated production model, which contributes to the reutilisation of natural raw materials.

  • Transport services collect animal-derived raw materials for processing at the plant.
  • Then, in the factory process, the materials are separated accurately and efficiently.
  • The raw materials are processed into finished products, such as fertilisers, proteins and raw materials for biodiesel.
  • Honkajoki Ltd produces all the energy that they require themselves, and their recycling process generates more energy than it consumes.

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