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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 PACKAGES

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.

TEXTILES

Clothes

Shoes

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.

PAPER

Newspaper and magazines

Ads and other junk mail

Envelopes

Copying paper

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

Cardboard boxes

Rinse out dirty packages. Flatten out and pack tightly.

GLASS PACKAGES

Glass jars

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

Glass jars 

Porcelain, ceramics and crystal

Mirror glass

Opal glass

Glass medicine packs

METAL PACKAGES

Metal cans, metal caps and lids

Aluminium foil

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

Cutlery

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

Food leftovers

Fruit and vegetable skins

Coffee grounds, tea bags

Kitchen paper

Plants

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

Hygiene products

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

Chewing gum

Pet litter 

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


HAZARDOUS WASTE

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

ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

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.

PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE

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

Majasaari Waste Centre (in Finnish)
Waste Sorting Stations (in Finnish)

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).

Contact us:
Kainuun jätehuollon kuntayhtymä Ekokymppi
Viestitie 2
87700 Kajaani
tell. 08 636611 Monday – Friday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
info@ekokymppi.fi