Työ & Toiminta Association, founded by a group of unemployed people in eastern Helsinki, recycles everything recyclable and by doing so also offering long term unemployed people an opportunity to get used to working life.
The primary aim of the Association is to offer the long term unemployed employment in the renovation, recycling, transport and sale of different products. Another aim is to increase both tolerance and social interaction between the different groups living in the multicultural eastern Helsinki. Third goal is to promote the policy of sustainable development by increasing the life cycle of consumer goods, by finding new ways of recycling and by boosting the recycling activities in Helsinki metropolitan area. The efficient recycling of electronic appliances helps to preserve nature because they do not have to be discarded at garbage dumps.
All the appliances we receive are disassembled at the highest possible percentage and the parts are used as spare parts or raw material. Repairable appliances are sent to be fixed in our work shops and then sold in our SECOND HAND STORE.
The total amount of employees in our association is around 130. We have employed immigrants from all over the world; until this day people from about 30 countries. The amount of received recyclable material exceeds 100.000 kg/month.
The employment and support programmes helps the employees to enter normal working life. Participation in our association as a practical trainer or as a work internship is also possible.
The employees work in a work community that is easy to join. They often have similar backgrounds and face similar challenges in life, which makes it quite easy for them to get to know each other and return to normal rhythm of life after a long period of unemployment.
Private persons are welcome to bring all unnecessary – broken or otherwise – household appliances to any of our place of business free of charge.
The plastic covers of these equipment are delivered to power stations for heating material.
All empty colour and laser -cassettes can be brought in for free. They will be grinded and used in power stations.
Washing machines, dish washers, stoves, microwave ovens and bicycles can be brought in also free of charge if the customer agrees that we can sell them or use their parts when repairing other equipment.
Office and home furniture are also welcome and the better ones will be sold at our Flea Market and the dismantled ones will be burned in power stations as briquettes.
We also have co-operation with other recycling companies all around Finland and also in the European Union.