Construction and renovation waste

Reception at waste reception stations.

The following household waste is accepted free of charge:

  • wood: for example, wooden boards, plywood, chipboard, melamine, parquet, laminate, pallets, cabinets, doors (nails, fittings and hinges may be left in place)
  • impregnated wood: including decking, stairs, fences, jetties
  • metals: including wood stoves, metal roofing plates, ladders, sheet metal, metal pipes, sinks, and metal furniture and crockery

A fee is charged for the following waste:

  • concrete and bricks: including bricks, breeze blocks, segments of concrete, mortar
  • roofing bitumen
  • gypsum board
  • window glass and windows with frames, doors with glass or mirror panes
  • insulation fibres, tiles
  • asbestos (must be packaged and labelled)
  • sanitaryware
  • excavation soil (reception points in Lahti, Asikkala, Heinola, Hollola)
  • gypsum
  • asphalt
  • tree stumps
  • soil from earthworks

At the PILLERI waste reception station in Lahti, the waste types listed below must also be placed in separate containers or otherwise sorted in accordance with the waste station’s sorting instructions. When appropriately separated, the waste can be reused more efficiently:

  • windows with frames
  • sanitaryware
  • asphalt
  • tree stumps

What happens to construction waste after sorting?

Wood waste is crushed in a crushing plant and used as a fuel in electricity and heat generation at power plants.

Impregnated wood is shredded and used as energy for specialised incinerators.

Tree stumps are crushed and used as a bulking agent for composting plants.

Metals are used as raw material by the steel and foundry industry.

A large proportion of construction and renovation waste is utilised as raw material. Examples:

  • Bitumen roofing is crushed and used as raw material for asphalt
  • Gypsum waste serves as raw material in the production of new gypsum sheets
  • Glass waste goes to the production of glass wool, float glass and foam glass
  • Concrete and bricks are crushed and utilised in landscaping.
  • Sanitaryware is crushed, and metal and plastic parts are removed. The crushed porcelain is used in fireplace production.
  • Mixed construction waste is processed at a sorting plant where components to be used for energy production and as a raw material are mechanically separated.