Waste sorting guide for households
SOIL ENRICHMENT AND ENERGY FROM BIOWASTE
Compost provides good soil enrichment for gardens. Separately collected biowaste is composted industrially or is treated in the biogas facility. Biogas is turned info district heat and electricity. The end product is also suitable for fertilizer.
FROM WASTE TO RAW MATERIAL
Properly sorted recoverable waste can be used for manufacturing new products. For example, paper is used for producing catalogue and newspaper paper, carton is turned into corrugated cardboard and packaging carton, glass is used for manufacturing new glass package, and metal for producing metal packages and new metal products. Plastic packages serve as raw material for manufacturing recycled plastic products, such as plastic sacks, plastic bags and plastic profiles for various purposes. Read more about sorting and utilization of packaging waste at www.rinkiin.fi/for-households.
FROM WASTE TO ENERGY
Waste that cannot be recycled as material for new products is utilised in district heat and electricity production at Riikinvoima Eco-Power Plant.
CHECK FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE
Hazardous waste contains substances that may be detrimental or hazardous to people and the environment, even in small amounts. The most important requirement for the recovery and safe treatment of wastes are that hazardous waste is sorted from other wastes and delivered to a reception station established for hazardous waste. Municipal Waste Authority of Kainuu (Ekokymppi) provides each partner community with reception stations for receiving domestic waste.
WHAT SORTS OF WASTE DO YOU RECYCLE EVERY DAY?
TAKE TO THE CONTAINER FOR RECYCLABLE WASTE PROVIDED ON THE PREMISES OR AN ECO-RECYCLING POINT
Plastic food packages, such as yoghurt cups and cold cuts and cheese packages
Detergent and shampoo bottles
Plastic bottles, canisters and containers
Plastic carriers, bags and wrappings
Only clean and dry packages.
Throw dirty packages into mixed waste to energy.
Home textiles and soft furnishings
Only undamaged and clean textiles, packed in closed bags. Textiles unfit for use should be disposed of amongst mixed waste to energy.
Newspaper and magazines
Ads and other junk mail
Phone directories and books
Put paper into the collection bin loose.
Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed.
CARDBOARD / CARTON PACKAGES
Milk and juice cartons
Biscuit boxes, flour bags, pizza boxes
Wrapping of beverage packages
Rinse out dirty packages. Flatten out and pack tightly.
Non-refundable glass bottles
Rinse out bottles and jars, remove corks and lids. It is not necessary to remove labels or bottle collars.
Glass packages are recommended to be delivered to the Rinki ecopoint.
GLASS AND CERAMICS
Porcelain, ceramics and crystal
Glass medicine packs
Metal cans, metal caps and lids
Metal cups from tea lights and outdoor candles
Empty and dried up paint tins
Small quantities of other household metal
Only clean and empty packages and cans. Take large-size metal junk to the waste centre or sorting station.
Metal packages are recommended to be delivered to the Rinki ecopoint.
OTHER METAL WASTE
Pots and pans
Electric cables and data cables
Small household metal
Find your nearest eco-recycling point: www.kierratys.info
Find more information about sorting of packages: www.rinkiin.fi/for-households
TAKE TO A COMPOSTER OR COLLECTION CONTAINER FOR BIO-WASTE
Fruit and vegetable skins
Coffee grounds, tea bags
Pack liquids to a milk carton and throw it into the collection container.
Pack biowaste before throwing it into the collection container. You can use plastic or newspaperi for packing.
TAKE TO A CONTAINER OF MIXED WASTE TO ENERGY
Clothing unfit for use, footwear, home textiles and soft furnishing
Dust bags and waste from normal household cleaning
Cigarette ends and ash
Incandescent bulbs and halogen light bulbs
Plastics and expanded polystyrene (EPS)
Dirty cardboards, papers and plastic packages
Gift wraps and wrapping papers
Small-size wood-based waste
SORT CORRECTLY AND TAKE TO A COLLECTION POINT
Remnants of liquid paint, glue and varnish (not hardened); also in aerosol cans
Solvents such as turpentine, thinner and acetone
New Year’s tin and lead
Batteries from vehicles and power tools
Used oils, oily wastes (e.g. cotton waste) and oil filters
Plant-protective agents and pesticides along with their packages
Wood-protective liquids and impregnating agents
Toxicants and disinfectants
Take domestic hazardous waste to Majasaari Waste Centre or a Waste Sorting Station, free of charge.
BATTERIES AND SMALL RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Put some sticky tape on the power poles both for button cells and other lithium batteries and accumulators with an LI marking as a prefix.
Seal leaking batteries in a plastic bag
Take batteries and small rechargeable batteries to their sales outlets, free of charge for households
All plug-in or battery-operated devices
Refrigerators, freezers, TV-sets, computers
Vacuum cleaners, coffee machines, phones, radios
Fluorescent tubes, energy saving bulbs, LED lamps
Take electric equipment to the sales outlets when buying a new device or to a Waste Sorting Station or other reception station accepted by the producer associations (for excample Recycling Centre Entrinki), free of charge for households.
Pills and tablets in their own blister foil packs or loose in transparent bags
Pharmaceuticals containing iodine and chemotherapeutic drugs in their own packaging
Liquid medicines, ointments, creams and spray bottles in their own packages
Mercury thermometers in packages
Hypodermic needles and syringes in packages
Take pharmaceutical waste to a pharmacy, free of charge for households
MORE INFORMATION ON WASTE SORTING AND ECO-RECYCLING POINT LOCATIONS ON THE WEB PAGES OF EKOKYMPPI: WWW.EKOKYMPPI.FI
Thank you for sorting waste!
Municipal Waste Authority of Kainuu
Municipal Waste Authority of Kainuu (Ekokymppi) was established in 2001 and it co-operates with nine municipalities; Hyrynsalmi, Kajaani, Kuhmo, Paltamo, Puolanka, Ristijärvi, Sotkamo, Suomussalmi and Vaala. Ekokymppi is responsible for the management of waste in its operating area.
Ekokymppi takes care of reception, recycling, treatment and final disposal of waste and consultation / information on the waste matters in the province of Kainuu and Vaala community. Ekokymppi has organised wide and environmentally friendly waste receiving services for its inhabitants.
Domestic waste is collected mainly by the waste transport companies in the residential areas. Some 130 Local Waste Collection Points are situated in the areas of scattered settlement for summer residents and homes that have not a deal with the waste transport companies. Each one of the nine communities has a Waste Station for hazardous waste and for small quantities of sorted recyclable materials. Majasaari Waste Centre is situated in Kajaani.
Approximately 30 Eco-Recycling Points for recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, glass and metal packaging are located in the province of Kainuu and Vaala community (Rinki Oy takes care of them).
Kainuun jätehuollon kuntayhtymä Ekokymppi
tell. 08 636611 Monday – Friday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm