Sorting of waste

SORTING OF WASTE BY PROPERTIES with 1-4 households

Detached houses, semi-detached houses and holiday homes must sort waste at least into mixed waste.

They are encouraged to compost biowaste (food waste) of their own volition.  Detached houses can join the biowaste collection system by contacting Salpakierto’s customer service.

Waste paper can be recycled at regional collection points arranged by producers. Detached houses located in areas with blocks of flats and terraced houses can acquire a separate paper bin and join the producers’ paper collection service.

Cardboard, glass and metal packaging can be returned to Rinki eco-points managed by the packaging producers. Some of the Rinki eco-points also accept plastic packaging. You can find your local Rinki eco-points on the producers’ website at rinkiin.fi.

According to the new waste legislation the obligation to sort biowaste starts from 1 July 2024 in properties of all sizes that are located in the urban areas with at least 10.000 inhabitants in Lahti, Heinola and Hollola as well as Nastola village centre. The obligation to organise the separate collection of biowaste does not apply to properties where biowaste is composted.

The collection of energy waste will end 1 July 2024.

SORTING OF WASTE in housing companies, BY PROPERTIES WITH 5 or more HOUSEHOLDS

Properties with 5 or more households in urban areas must sort their waste in the following waste categories:

  • biowaste
  • plastic packaging waste
  • carton packaging waste
  • metal packaging waste
  • glass packaging waste
  • paper in accordance with sections 49 and 50 of the Waste Act

In areas with blocks of flats and terraced houses, waste paper is collected free of charge. Properties are responsible for acquiring a paper bin either by themselves or together with other properties and for organising a suitable location for the bin.