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Packaging recycling developer in Finland

Sumi Oy is an authorized extended producer responsibility organization in Finland.
More than 3.000 companies have made a contract with us.
We are a non-profit organization founded in 1992 with 33 owner companies.

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Eeva Hanni started working as Materials Manager in December 2022

Eeva’s job entails diverse tasks relating to arranging collection and recycling in compliance with producer responsibility. “My role is still partially taking shape and growing with Sumi, when glass, paper, cardboard, metal and wood packaging materials come on board”, Eeva tells.

Eeva has a Master of Science (Tech.) degree in paper converting. Eeva has worked as a development engineer with composite materials, and for ten years in waste management in both customer interface as well as service development. Thus, Eeva is familiar with the terminal operations of producer responsibility organisations.

“Working at Sumi gives me a great overview to the packaging industry and circular economy. Environmental issues are close to my heart, and this job gives me the opportunity to work in the core of these matters”, Eeva says. “Packaging waste is generated by households and companies. As a producer responsibility organization, we can try to impact what kind of packaging producers are using and placing on markets. Above all, we can provide a solution to how packaging waste sorting succeeds and how collection and recycling can be organized”, continues Eeva, who avidly sorts packaging also at home.

Eeva likes being organized and enjoys using Excel. “Luckily I have already been able to do a couple of calculations”, she laughs. Eeva likes team work, and also after-work relaxation involves being a part of a group – singing in a choir, playing floorball or exercising with the family.

Eeva Hanni

eeva.hanni@sumi.fi
+358 50 300 9576

Katja Laitinen works as a recycling coach

“I am an environmental engineer, so circular economy and service development are close to my heart.” Katja’s role involves, among other things, producing industry specific guidelines together with different stakeholders. So far collection concepts have already been jointly developed for healthcare operators, market gardens and agriculture.

“As a recycling coach I help companies to organize their inhouse collection”, Katja tells. Companies are usually keen to start sorting plastic packaging. “Companies are willing to take the trouble and do things right. Recycling different materials is seen as an important way to have an effect on the environment.”

Katja has extensive experience of over 20 years from property maintenance services. Her passion is service development and ensuring unparalleled customer service. “My goal is to actively look for new ways to improve quality management and environmental issues”, Katja summarizes.

In her free time Katja relaxes while swinging a kettlebell or doing other exercise.

Katja Laitinen

katja.laitinen@sumi.fi
+358 50 407 3959

Mika Surakka became the Managing Director of Sumi Ltd in July 2021

“My task is to make Sumi a producer responsibility organization that covers all packaging materials, as well as to execute the changes brought about by legislation to our business. In addition, I am developing the recycling of packaging and looking into new technologies, which will help in getting packaging recycling rates to the level required by EU”, Mika tells.

“Packaging producer responsibility organisations are facing significant changes, and solving these, as well as developing the whole industry, motivates me. Sumi is currently in the role of a challenger, which encourages me to look for solutions also beyond established practices.”

Mika has a Master of Science (Tech.) degree in Chemical and Process Engineering, and as much as 30 years of experience from waste management and recycling business. “I am a generalist in this line of business, and my wide range of experience helps in solving the operational challenges of a packaging producer responsibility organization”, Mika says. Before joining Sumi Mika lived in Poland for nine years. “I worked for three years as the CEO of Wipak Poland, and for six years as an entrepreneur”, he tells.

In his free time, you can find Mika walking, running or skiing, both cross-country and downhill. Riding off-road with his enduro motorcycle helps him to disconnect from work.

Mika Surakka

mika.surakka@sumi.fi
+358 400 197 848

Janne Teliranta started as Account Manager in May 2023

In his work Teliranta will focus on developing procedures and the services offered to our customers in cooperation with the whole chain of operations. He brings us a wealth of experience from the packaging business and will increase our know-how especially in paper and cardboard packaging. 

Teliranta has worked for a long time as the Sales Director at Pa-Hu Oy, guiding the packaging materials company on their path of continuous growth. Teliranta views working with packaging producing responsibility as an interesting opportunity to utilize and increase his knowledge base.

”It is great to see the packaging life cycle all the way to the end, and to be able to have an effect on the development of producer responsibility within the continuously changing business environment and legislation. I like the saying: “Nothing is permanent except change”, and now I can prove it”, Teliranta summarizes. 

Work plays a big role in Janne’s life – without forgetting the free time, when he is most likely to be found doing sports. “The best way to let work duties out of mind is to pull the floorball goalie’s equipment on and catch balls for a while or go to the gym to sweat. Frisbee golf is also a nice way to get outside and meet friends,” says Janne.

Janne Teliranta

janne.teliranta@sumi.fi
+358 40 525 0550

Emma Merikallio started as Sumi’s communication and administration assistant in August 2023

Her job description includes administrative tasks, the development of communications and marketing, and some customer management tasks. “My duties range from handling the company’s day-to-day activities to developing and managing the web pages and social media accounts. I’ve only been with Sumi for a short time but, thanks to the warm welcome of my colleagues, I already feel part of the team,” she says.

Emma has a vocational qualification in business and administration and has served in administrative positions for a long time. The work tasks have often involved sales-related aspects, which she has enjoyed from the perspective of good customer services. Her key interests are written expression and developing the company’s visual image, which is why she is happy to take the lead regarding Sumi’s communications. “We will develop Sumi’s image and improve contact with our customers,” she promises.

Emma has been horseback riding since she learned to walk and says that the best way for her to disconnect herself from the busy day-to-day activities is on the back of a horse. She also enjoys a friendly game of tennis with her family.

Emma Merikallio

emma.merikallio@sumi.fi
+358 50 300 2887