WASTE SORTING GUIDE FOR HOUSEHOLDS
It starts with You.
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
- 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 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 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
- Electric cables and data cables
- Small household metal
TAKE TO A COMPOSTER OR COLLECTION CONTAINER FOR BIO-WASTE
- Food leftovers
- Fruit and vegetable skins
- Coffee grounds, tea bags
- Kitchen paper
- Potting soil, plants
- Drain liquids.
- Pack biowaste before throwing it into the collection container, don't use plastic 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
- 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
Thank you for sorting waste!