circular-economy · 4/9/2020

The Finnish Ham Trick sets another record – nearly 200,000 households recycle Christmas cooking waste fats into Neste MY Renewable Diesel

Neste Corporation, News, 9 April, 2020, at 9 a.m.

The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish), a campaign demonstrating circular economy, has once again reached record levels by getting 197,000 Finnish households to collect and recycle their Christmas cooking waste fats. The Ham Trick has been organized for four times already, and up to 12,000 more households participated in the campaign than in the previous year 2018.

Neste uses the waste fats to produce Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, which enables motorists to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%* compared to fossil fuel over the lifecycle. The amount of Neste MY Renewable Diesel produced through the Ham Trick is enough to drive a car around the world by up to 19 times.

"I am very proud that the The Ham Trick campaign has for the fourth year in a row reached its target. This gives proof that Finnish households have adopted circular economy and waste recycling as part of their everyday lives. I want to thank all the partners and the Finnish households who took part in the collection, made this campaign their own and contributed to its success. By working together we can achieve a lot”, says Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President, Innovation at Neste. 

The Ham Trick campaign has also made a donation to Hope Association to support low-income families. 

*) The method used to calculate life cycle emissions and emission reduction complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).

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Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research, and sustainable operations. In 2019, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 15.8 billion. In 2020, Neste placed 3rd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more:

Ham Trick in brief

 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. In addition to the Chemical Industry Federation, the 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. More information: (in Finnish).