Hazardous waste

​​​​Hazardous waste includes materials and items that have ​​been removed from use and pose a threat to people's health or the environment.​​

Example of haz​​​ardous waste

Products including dangerous chemicals have often been labelled with warning signs depicting the possible dangers. A product marked with a warning symbol is always sorted into hazardous waste.

  • energy-saving light bulbs and other fluorescent lights
  • batteries
  • drugs, needles and syringes
  • accumulators
  • waste oil, oil filters and other oily waste
  • solvents, such as turpentine, thinner, acetone, petrol, fuel oil and solvent-based washing detergents
  • wet paint, glue and varnish
  • pressurised packages, such as aerosol cans (that slosh or hiss)
  • pressure impregnated wood » 
  • wood preservatives and impregnants
  • asbestos »
  • alkaline washing and cleaning detergents
    pesticides and disinfectants
  • strong acids, such as sulphuric acid
  • fire extinguishers and gas bottles
  • New Year's tin
  • thermometers with quick silver

Waste G​uide​​ provides more info​rmation on sorting waste.

Watch the video (in Finnish) of collection of hazardous waste (.wmv, 42 Mb).

Not hazar​dous waste

  • empty or completely dried glue tube > mixed waste
  • empty paint can or can with fully dried paint -> metal waste
  • completely empty pressurised can, which no longer sloshes or hisses -> metal waste
  • halogen and incandescent lamps -> mixed waste
  • LED lights -> electronic waste collection
  • cigarette stumps -> mixed waste
  • no cooking fats -> to biowaste or mixed waste, large amounts must be collected separately
  • no fire alarms -> to WEE collection (WEE stands for Waste Electric and Electronic (equipment))