Joining a waste management system

Under the Waste Act (646/2011), all properties used for residential or leisure activities must join a municipal waste management system. In practice, this means joining a waste collection service. Properties must comply with the waste management regulations issued by the Lahti Region Waste Management Committee (Lahti Region Waste Management Authority), which complement legislation on waste management.

The 10 municipalities of the region are governed by uniform waste management regulations. These cover the sorting and collection of waste, the intervals between waste collections, and other similar matters.


While property owners are primarily responsible for organising waste collection, some of the municipalities in the region arrange waste transport. Regardless of who is responsible for waste management, the same rules apply to the collection of household waste.

In the following areas, the municipality arranges waste collection:

  • Sparsely populated areas in Heinola (mixed and energy waste)
  • Built-up areas in Heinola (biowaste)
  • Kärkölä (mixed and energy waste)
  • Artjärvi in Orimattila (mixed and energy waste)
  • Centre of Orimattila (biowaste)
  • Sparsely populated areas in Sysmä (mixed and energy waste)

The municipality selects a waste collection company via a tendering process to perform the waste management tasks it is responsible for organising. The Lahti Region Waste Management Committee decides on the fees charged for waste management services. Read more about waste charges.

In the other areas of the region, property owners sign an agreement on waste collection with a service provider of their choice.

Contact a company offering property-specific waste collection services to join the waste management system:

Waste collection companies in each municipality


  • Waste bins at the property (waste collection): Collection of waste from the property is the principal method of organising waste management. In this system, the property has its own waste bins or it rents them from the waste collection company. The bins are only used by the residents of the property. The collection service can be temporarily terminated if the property is unoccupied. This way, waste is either collected from the property at regular intervals or the service is terminated for a fixed period. Read more about the termination of waste collection.
  • Shared waste container: adjacent properties located in areas covered by a local detailed plan or properties located along the same road in sparsely populated areas may decide to acquire a shared waste container. Read more about shared waste containers.
  • Joining a regional collection point system (available only in the areas where the municipality arranges waste collection for properties without road access).