The Hyötyvirta area is built based upon value chain principles. The main focus is to further develop and answer the environmental challenges through recycling and reuse of materials. The area’s businesses form a strong growth and knowledge base for new recycling businesses, as well as a steady base for companies with environmental measure as a primary focus.
Educational collaboration with local energy and environmental institutes, such as Bio Sampo at the Kouvola Region Vocational College and the Kotka unit of Kymenlaakso Applied Sciences College, produce future experts for the business needs of the Hyötyvirta companies.
It is easy for companies to locate to the area, as there already exists a strong network of environmentally focused businesses. Innovative solutions are vital, in order to decrease the amount of the ecological burden of our society today. Hyötyvirta welcomes all businesses to the area.
Mandatory waste water monitoring program in the Hyötyvirta area.
The Centre for Economic Development Transport and the Environment (Ely Center) of South-Eastern Finland has approved a joint waste water monitoring program for the whole Hyötyvirta area. The demands/conditions of this program are based on the environmental permits of the businesses operating in the area. The operational activities of Kymenlaakson Jäte Oy, Ekokem Oy and the City of Kouvola, are taken into account in this program including the implications on surface, ground and seep waters.
Hyötyvirta environmental panel
The core function of the Hyötyvirta environmental panel is to monitor the area’s environmental impact. The panel has been developed and put together by the businesses currently based at the Hyötyvirta area. Currently there are three major contributing companies as part of this panel, which all have a common interests and business functions in receiving and processing waste.
Part of the environmental panel is also the local community and its businesses, which contribute to the observational information of the environmental effects of the area activities, gathered by Hyötyvirta. This information is delivered monthly to the environmental authorities, who are responsible for monitoring and authorizing permits for the area.
The companies part of the panel, yearly organize a meeting with the local community and others interested in the matter, to discuss the current issues at hand.
Kymenlaakson Jäte Oy is currently monitoring its own environmental impacts, as part of the self-monitoring program permitted by the local authorities.
Surface and seep water measurements are taken four times a year and ground water measurements twice a year. Additionally regular readings are also taken from nearby household wells. Kymijoen Vesi is responsible for carrying out the monitoring.