On Wednesday 12th October, circular economy and waste management experts from Finland visited Mažeikiai District Municipality, Lithuania.
Mr. Harri Kallio, CEO of Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd. and Mr. Sakari Ermala, CEO of Verte Ltd.,gave presentations on ECO3, a circular economy industrial park and other projects implemented in Nokia city and Tampere region in Finland.
The presentation was attended by Mažeikiai District Municipality officials including the Mayor of Mažeikiai District Municipality Vidmantas Macevičius, Virgilijus Radvilas, advisor to the Mayor and lead of the Circular Based Waste Management project, Linas Memys, the Deputy Director of the Municipality Administration and Virginijus Raudonius, Chief Specialist of the Local Infrastructure Department of the Municipality Administration.
The presentation was followed by discussions with useful advice offered by the guests on circular economy practices and a future co-operation was agreed on between Mažeikiai District Municipality and experts from the Tampere region.
Verte Ltd. is the operator of ECO3, a 130ha industrial park for circular economy projects in Finland. Acquaintance with Verte began with the study tour to Finland, organised within the scope of the Circular Based Waste Management project. During this tour, the industrial park and waste management companies were visited. These are among the leading initiatives in Finland, but also in Europe in terms of implementing circular economy projects.
The day before, the guests from Finland visited the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and met with the Vice-Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Raminta Radavičiene, who expressed interest in learning about the circular economy initiatives and the industrial park development plans in Finland. They also visited the Telšiai Region Waste Management Centre and discussed about the prospects of waste management in the region and the importance of circular economy principles in waste management.
The Circular Based Waste Management project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation – eeagrants.org.