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Finnish(ed) "Ham-Trick" green diesel charity deal back for Christmas 2019

In Finland, the Kinkkutemppu ("Ham Trick") campaign will be executed once again to demonstrate the circular economy in a concrete way. For the fourth year in a row, waste fat from ham and other waste fats from Christmas dishes can be recycled for the production of Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

Neste is currently the largest renewable fuel producer in Finland.

In Finland, the Kinkkutemppu (“Ham Trick”) campaign will be executed once again to demonstrate
the circular economy in a concrete way. For the fourth year in a row, waste fat from ham and other
waste fats from Christmas dishes can be recycled for the production of Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

The Ham Trick is a cooperative project initiated by the Chemical Industry Federation, with the aim of familiarizing consumers with the principles of circular economy in a very concrete way. Consumers participate in the campaign by bringing their ham fat to collection points, from where it is then taken to Neste Finland Refinery, Porvoo for using into MY renewable diesel branded HVO.

Last year, 185 000 Finnish households participated in the Ham Trick campaign and the goal for this year is to increase the number of participants to 200 000. Other organizations behind the campaign are Neste, Lassila & Tikanoja, Honkajoki, Kesko Corporation, Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI, Atria, HKScan, Snellman, the Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation, the federation of garbage disposal plants Kiertovoima KIVO and municipal garbage disposal plants, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Water Utilities Association FIWA and Finnish Environmental Industries YTP.

It is great that the Ham Trick now takes place for the fourth time in a row, showing how well the Finnish people have adopted circular economy thinking. The Ham Trick has become a part of the Christmas traditions for many Finnish households. It also demonstrates the power of cooperation which is needed in making the circular economy work, commented Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President, Innovation at Neste.

Neste will use the collected Christmas ham waste fat at the Porvoo refinery to make Neste MY Renewable Diesel. According to Neste, it enables motorists to decrease their carbon footprint by up to 90 percent, compared to the use of fossil diesel.

Over 100 tonnes of used cooking waste fat has been recycled through the Ham Trick campaigns during the past three Christmas seasons.  The renewable diesel produced from this amount is enough to drive about 250 times the distance between Hanko and Nuorgam.

Easy participation with 218 collection points all around Finland

Neste can produce Neste MY Renewable Diesel and other renewable products from almost any waste fat or vegetable oil. Therefore in addition to ham waste fat, also other waste fats used in cooking Christmas dishes can be delivered to the collection points.

The waste fats can easily be delivered to the collection points in cardboard boxes, for instance in empty milk cartons. Glass or metal jars are not suitable for the collection. Found all around Finland, for instance, at selected Neste service stations, K Group shops and the recycling areas of municipal waste disposal companies, the collection points will be open from December 21, 2019, through to January 7, 2020.

The Ham Trick Campaign wants to remember Hope Association and support low-income families with a donation. At Christmas time, the gifts given by the Hope Association will be in great need.

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