Consumers’ cooking fat turned into fuel – the Ham Trick campaign collected a volume of fat equal to the weight of an aircraft

Rinki was once again involved in the Ham Trick campaign, a circular economy event organised late last year. Renewable diesel made from the fat collected from consumers during the joint project would be enough to drive 270 round trips from Hanko at the southernmost tip of Finland to Utsjoki up in the north. 

By Inka Hyytiäinen

Photo Kinkkutemppu

The Ham Trick campaign, organised for the sixth time late last year, has become part of Finnish consumers’ Christmas traditions. A total of 55.5 tonnes of cooking fats from ham and other Christmas dishes was taken to the collection points, equal to the weight of a medium-sized airplane.  

Renewable diesel made from the collected fat would be enough to drive a car from Hanko to Utsjoki and back 270 times.  

The Ham Trick campaign ran across Finland between 17 December 2021 and 7 January 2022. The collection of cooking fat was made easy for consumers – cook your Christmas dinner, pour the cooled fat into a carton, seal it with tape and take the package to the nearest collection point.  

The majority of the nearly 300 Ham Trick collection points were located next to the Rinki eco take-back points beside K Supermarkets.  

Rinki was accompanied in the campaign by the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, Neste, Lassila & Tikanoja, Rasmix, Chemical Industry Pool, K Group, Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI Ltd, Atria, HKScan, Snellman, the Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation, KIVO ry and municipal waste companies, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Water Utilities Association and the Finnish Environmental Industries YTP. Read more: