Tapiola city centre in Espoo, Finland is undergoing regeneration and there will be a minimal need for waste truck traffic, since MariMatic supplied the MetroTaifun Automated Waste Collection System for transporting solid and food waste into large containers using strong vacuum airflow. The system was introduced in April 2016 to serve the shopping centre AINOA in waste handling. The Waste Collection System will also expand to serve the other business buildings and the apartments located on its upper floors according to the regional construction.
In Tapiola’s AINOA shopping centre, the collection of food waste is combined with the solid waste collection system. The solid waste is sorted when entered into the wall-mounted hatches. The restaurants’ food waste is entered into a hygienic tank. In both cases, a strong vacuum airflow draws the different waste fractions through a closed pipe network to large waste containers, where the waste ends up tightly compacted. The waste station is located 25 metres underground in the Tapiola Park 2 maintenance hall. The automated waste collection ensures that the obstructive traditional waste bins shuttling back and forth is avoided in AINOA’s facilities, as well as garbage truck traffic in Tapiola City Centre.
The MetroTaifun Automatic Solid Waste Collection System has been specifically designed for subterranean conveyance of solid municipal waste, both commercial waste and household waste.