Estonian beer cans in demand in Finland

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7/22/2015 3:15 PM
Category: Economy

A company in Finland will begin collecting Estonian aluminum cans, which Finnish recycling companies do not accept.

According to estimates every sixth can consumed in Finland originates from Estonia, and only 40 of the 140 million Estonian cans sold to Finns, have been recycled, Ilta-Sanomat reported.

Estonian cans will be welcomed at a port in Finland, where ferries to Estonia depart from. The company will pay 8 cents per can, not the 10 cents companies in Estonia pay for each can.

The company, Viron Tölkkipalautus, will bring the cans back to Estonia.

Almost 1 million Finnish tourists visited Estonia in 2014 and according to a study by TNS Emor, 34 percent of all alcohol sold in Estonia is transported by Finnish tourists across the border. Four out of five Finns visiting Estonia bring alcohol back to Finland, spending on average 122 euros each.

Approximately 50,000 Estonians also live in Finland, some of whom transport alcohol back when returning from Estonia.

J.M. Laats, S. Tambur

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