Waste containers as of 2021

The waste container collection 2021 offers easy sorting at your own housing company: we will provide new waste containers for residents to use in all housing companies with at least five apartments during the spring of 2021. The new multi-compartment container for packaging materials and small metal items provides a comprehensive and space-saving solution for sorting for smaller housing companies. The use and emptying of the containers will start in stages in June. Thank you for sorting your waste!

  • Properties with 5–9 apartments will receive waste containers for the collection of biowaste, small metal items as well as carton, glass and plastic packaging in addition to the current waste containers.
  • Properties with 10–19 apartments will receive waste containers for the collection of small metal items as well as glass and plastic packaging, in addition to the current waste containers. 
  • Properties with at least 20 apartments will receive a waste container for the collection of plastic packaging in addition to the current waste containers.


We will deliver the missing waste containers to the property in stages by region in April–May 2021. We will start emptying the containers in June. If the property has several mixed waste containers, we will remove one mixed waste container at the same time. 

We will deliver the necessary waste containers to properties in the spring of 2021.

We will deliver the waste containers to properties by region in April–May 2021. We will start emptying the containers in stages by region in June. We will provide more detailed schedule information closer to the delivery date of the waste containers. 

The new waste containers may not fit in the housing company’s current waste rubbish bin shelter or other waste collection point. You can also place the containers outside the waste collection point, or use container covers. If the property has a paper collection container, reserve space for it at the waste collection point in addition to the waste containers supplied by HSY.

The housing company should monitor the amount of waste that is accumulated. Waste sorting and recycling reduces mixed waste. If the emptying frequency or the number or size of the containers is unsuitable, they can be changed at a later date once the residents are actively sorting their waste into the new waste containers.

Properties with 5–9 apartments

For properties with 5–9 apartments, in addition to the existing mixed waste container, we will provide a multi-compartment waste container and a biowaste container if the property does not already have one. The multi-compartment waste container has two larger compartments: one for plastic packaging and one for carton. Residents can use the two smaller compartments in the multi-compartment container to sort small metal items and glass. 

  • The size of the mixed waste container is 140–660 litres.
  • The multi-compartment waste container is 660 litres.
  • The biowaste container is either 140 or 240 litres.
  • Note possible paper collection container.

We empty the multi-compartment waste container and biowaste container once a week or every other week in accordance with the amount of waste generated by the housing company. The emptying rhythms of the new containers are defined as based on the
emptying rhythms of the existing containers. We empty all types of waste in the multi-compartment container at once into the same four-compartment garbage truck.

The new containers, i.e. the multi-compartment container for packaging and the biowaste container, require at least two metres approximately of additional space. If the housing company wants separate containers for all types of waste, that is possible. In this case, about five metres of additional space is required. However, a multi-compartment waste container takes up less space and saves on emptying costs. Properties with more than five apartments can order a 660-litre container for plastic packaging if desired. Containers smaller than this fill up too quickly, posing challenges for emptying.

The multi-compartment waste container and biowaste container require at least two metres of additional space.

Properties with 10–19 apartments

For properties with 10–19 apartments, we will provide separate waste containers for the collection of glass, small metal items, and plastic packaging.

  • Glass and small metal items are collected in 240-litre containers that we empty every eight weeks.
  • Plastic is collected in a 660-litre container. We empty it once a week or every other week.

The new waste containers require at least about 2.5 metres of additional space.

Properties with at least 20 apartments

Large housing companies with at least 20 apartments already collect mixed waste, biowaste and carton, as well as glass and metal packaging, in separate containers. In the spring of 2021, we will provide housing companies with a waste container for the collection of plastic packaging if one has not previously been acquired. Housing companies can already order a plastic collection container to be used by residents.

  • Plastic packaging is collected in a yellow 660-litre waste container that we empty once a week.

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Placement of containers at the waste collection point

You can place the new waste containers next to or near the waste containers already in use, taking into account fire safety regulations and other instructions. If the property has a paper collection container, reserve space for it in addition to the waste containers supplied by HSY.

Check the instructions and regulations related to the placement of waste containers from your municipality’s building supervision department, as well as any regulations issued by the fire authorities. Take into account HSY’s waste management regulations and the occupational safety of drivers.

For more information on waste collection equipment and the standard dimensions of waste containers, please see the page below. 

Read more about waste collection equipment

Deep collection containers can be used for plastic collection

Your housing company may also use deep collection containers for plastic collection. It is possible to increase the number of deep collection containers or to divide existing containers between different types of waste. Please contact the supplier of your deep collection container to order a container bisector. HSY does not supply deep collection containers. Your housing company can also introduce traditional, wheeled containers.

The waste management regulations for the Helsinki metropolitan area and Kirkkonummi apply to all residents of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa and Kirkkonummi, as well as other operators within the scope of the waste management organised by HSY. The waste management regulations entered into force on 1 March 2019. The changes concerning separate collection, i.e. the collection of new types of waste, will enter into force on 1 January 2021, but the sorting of new types of waste will start in the area of HSY in June 2021.