Finland garbage landfill Nokia waste

Soundscape walk in landfill site

Landfill sites have evolved into recycling centers, where everything has it's place. Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management company was established in 1994 and is today owned by 17 municipalities including the city of Tampere. The region covered has 436.000 inhabitants. There are two main waste handling centers. One is in Tarastenjärvi in east of Tampere and the other is Koukkujärvi in Nokia (city, not the company) west from Tampere. If the private customers have problematic waste they can bring their waste to the waste handling center. The fee depends on the waste, but most sorted waste can be left there without costs, if the amount is not very large (metal, glass, paper, electronic devices, car tyres, all sort of garden waste including apples). Some type of waste does cost, like mixed waste or building material, like bricks, mortar and concrete.

The soundscape walk starts in a shed, where somebody leaves couple of neon tubes. The walk is done around the area clockwise (cardboard press, place to leave wood material, earth, garden waste, construction waste etc....) The sound of recycling is a sound of cars bringing in the material, because the handling site is quite far from where the people live.


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Recorded on August 27, 2019
Koukkujärvi landfill site
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