Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

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.

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Rode

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.