Why do we need to sort waste?
Waste is sorted so that it can either be used as material or utilised in the energy production process. Different materials can be used as raw materials in the manufacturing process of new products. This saves both energy and natural resources.
Why is sorting waste so complicated?
These days, we aim to utilise all generated waste as well as possible. Therefore, it is sorted separately, according to the materials, and the legislation divides the responsibilities of utilising the different waste types between different operators. Sorting waste may seem complicated, because different types of waste are collected in different ways and at different locations. It is reasonable to collect some waste directly from your housing estate, whereas some waste types are received by regional recycling points. Some of the waste types need to be taken directly to the waste stations, which accept both usable waste and waste that cannot be utilised further. Our Internet site has the sorting instructions for all the different types of waste.
Some of the residents in our housing estate do not sort their waste. Can you give us sorting instructions that could be distributed to all residents?
You can order free-of-charge guides and brochures from our brochure catalogue. Unfortunately user interface is in Finnish, but there you can find brochures in English also. You can also contact to our customer service
- by phone, tel. +358(0)9 1561 2110.
Energy waste and plastic
How does the collection of plastic packages
differ from energy waste?
The collection of plastic packages for material recycling began at ca. 40 recycling points throughout the HSY catchment area in 2016. Plastic packages include, among others, food tubs, boxes, plastic bags and non-refundable bottles.
From the beginning of 2016, the new Decree on Packaging Waste was introduced. It obliges the packers and importers to recycle the domestic packaging plastic of new products as raw material. It is an excellent solution from the vantage point of the environment.
HSY tries out a collection service of plastic packages on properties.
Energy waste includes, among others, miscellaneous plastic waste generated at home. All kinds of gift wraps and torn clothes belong to the category of energy waste. It cannot be recycled as material but it is well suited for district heat and electricity production.
In August 2015, we began to transport energy waste to waste-to-energy plant. Furthermore, domestic mixed waste has been delivered to the waste-to-energy plant from the beginning of autumn 2014. Domestic waste is turned into district heat and electricity.
The collection of energy waste that was organised by HSY was terminated in April 2016. In lieu of the collection service, we launched a trial to collect plastic packages on properties in May 2016.
You’ll find FAQs related to plastic packages here.
How can I get rid of large objects that do not fit into the waste container of my housing estate?
Do not put any waste into your housing estate’s containers that does not belong there. Large objects can be taken to the Sortti Stations or other locations accepting them. We accept scrap metal and household appliances free-of-charge at the collection vehicles touring the city during spring. In addition to this, you can order Sortti pick-up service to pick up furniture, or other large objects that can be carried by two men, directly from your home. A fee will be applied to the service, which you can order from our customer service, tel. +358(0)9 1561 2110.
How can I dispose of the grease from cooking the ham?
Put the solidified grease into the biowaste container. If the grease is still in liquid form, pour it into a tight container, such as a plastic bottle, and sort it with the mixed waste. Do not pour the grease into the sewer, as it may block the water pipes and, at worst, lead to water damage.
Where should I sort the Christmas present wrapping papers? What about tin cast left over from New Year’s Eve?
Sort the wrapping papers into mixed waste. They cannot be sorted with paper or carton, as they are strongly coated and coloured and have a lot of stickers and tape.
Tin cast from New Year’s Eve is hazardous waste, as it includes a lot of lead. If you will not reuse the tin cast in next year, you can take it to a HSY’s hazardous waste container or a Sortti Station, free of charge.
Chemicals and toxins
When I cleaned up my storage, I found a plastic bag full of different chemicals. Some of them have no markings that would show what is in the bottle. What should I do with substances, if I am not sure what is in them?
You can take hazardous household waste, such as various chemicals removed from use, to our locations that accept hazardous waste, free-of-charge. Be careful, especially with unidentified chemicals. The best course of action is to take them to the hazardous waste collection points.
Why can’t I put a drinking glass, coffee pot or an oven dish into the glass recycling container?
Many drinking glasses and other glass containers are made out of ceramic glass, which is not suitable for glass recycling. Ceramic glass has different properties than the glass used in containers, such as bottles and jars. Heat-resistant glass containers, such as oven dishes or coffee pots are not suitable for glass recycling.
Why must glass be collected separately?
Glass is reusable material. Sort glass into its own containers, so it can be reused.
Recycled glass is used for making new glass containers, glass wool and foam glass. This also saves natural resources and energy and helps to cut down the carbon dioxide emissions.
Recyclable glass should not be sorted with mixed waste that is delivered to the Vantaa Energy waste-to-energy plant, as it does not produce energy. Also, it is reasonable to utilise recyclable glass primarily as raw material. However, you should remember to sort glass that cannot be reused, such as drinking glasses, into the mixed waste.
Can I put pots and pans into the metal collection container?
Small metal items that can fit into the container can be sorted into metal waste. The collection points are mostly intended for metal packages, such as cans, meaning that pots and pans do not usually fit into the container. The diameter of small metal waste containers’ opening is 20 cm.
If your housing estate does not have a metal collection container, you can bring your pots and pans to Sortti Stations or the collection vehicle touring the city during spring, free of charge. Coated pots and pans can be recycled, too.
Should I sort coffee, potato crisp and cat food packaging into the metal waste?
Coffee, potato crisp and cat food packaging are sorted into the mixed waste. The packages are mostly plastic.
Can I sort empty metal tubes with food remnants into the metal waste?
In order to avoid any odours, the metal packages sorted into the metal waste must be empty. You can sort the empty tubes in with metal waste. Ensure that the cork of the tube is closed before disposing of it.
Why does metal need to be collected separately?
Metal is reusable material. Sort metal into its own containers, so it can be reused.
Collected metal is reused as a raw material, which decreases the need for excavated metal. Production of recycled metal saves up to 90 percent of energy.
Metal should not be sorted with mixed waste that is delivered to the Vantaa Energy waste-to-energy plant, as it does not produce energy. Also, it is more reasonable to utilise metals as raw material.
Paper, carton and paperboard
Can I put carton into the paper collection container?
No, you can’t as carton is raw material for different products than paper. You need to sort both carton and paperboard into carton container, from where they end up as the raw material of paper roll shells, for example. Paper, on the other hand, is used as raw material in the production of newspapers and tissue paper, for example.
Why are there no separate containers for packages that were used for holding liquids?
Carton packages for liquids are collected and utilised together with other carton and therefore no separate waste containers are needed.
Into what container should I put old phonebooks?
Put old phonebooks into the paper waste container of your building or take them into public recycling points. New newspaper and catalogue paper is produced from the phonebooks at the paper plants.
How should I dispose of confidential papers?
Information security materials include papers with confidential data, which need to be disposed of safely.
You can find contact information for companies that offer information security services by using the search term “archive disposal” ("arkistojen tuhoaminen") online or looking from under the same key word in the yellow pages.
Where should I put drinking glasses and mirrors that cannot be recycled?
Drinking glasses and other glass dishes, porcelain, light bulbs and cat litter should be sorted into mixed waste. This also applies to other waste that cannot be recycled or made into new products. They cannot be utilised in the production of heat or electricity, but they do not hinder the handling process, either.
However, glass jars and metal cans should be sorted separately. These provide raw materials for new products. Most housing estates have containers for glass and metal and they are also accepted at recycling points.