The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.
The automated collection system improves safety in the housing area and increases living comfort, as garbage trucks pick up waste from the central collection station rather than from buildings, so they no longer move at residential buildings. The system reduces maintenance traffic up to 80–90 percent compared with conventional waste management. There is less noise and less bad odor.
The Kruunuvuorenranta waste collection pipe network expands as the district is built. Once complete, the total length of the network will be about 10 kilometres.
Investment far into the future
“Pipeline-based waste collection is a profitable investment, which pays itself back today and far into the future,” says Pirjo Siren, the Kruunuvuorenranta project manager at Helsinki City Executive Office. “The system is a perfect fit for a densely built urban district like Kruunuvuorenranta. Moreover, the new central collection station is architecturally brilliant and successful.”
The Rode system was supplied by Marimatic Oy, a technology company based in Vantaa. The company will also service and maintain the system. The system is owned and operated by the Helsinki City Group company Kruunuvuorenrannan jätteen putkikeräys Oy.
Helsinki is the first city in Finland that has widely adopted pipeline-based waste collection systems. Similar systems to the one in Kruunuvuorenranta are in operation in the Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari districts of Helsinki.
How to use Rode: an instruction video (in Finnish)