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. 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.

Delivery and emptying of waste containers

During April-May, we will deliver the wheeled waste containers needed by the property in stages by region.

Emptying of new wheeled plastic packaging containers will begin no later than the week following delivery and the other containers no later than a few weeks after delivery. The emptying of the new deep waste collection containers and multi-compartments will start in stages on May 31.

If you want to start collecting cardboard, glass and plastic packaging as well as small metal before May 31, make the changes in the electronic transaction service no later than March 7.

Unfortunately, the multi-compartment container for packaging for properties with 5-9 homes will not be taken into use earlier.

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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Placing waste containers in the waste collection point

You can place new waste containers next to or near previously used waste containers, subject to 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 with your municipality's building inspectorate for instructions and regulations regarding the placement of waste containers, as well as any regulations of the fire authorities. Take into account HSY's waste management regulations and the occupational safety of the waste collection drivers.

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

Read more about waste collection equipment

Deep waste collection containers can be used for waste collection

Your housing company can also use deep waste collection containers for waste collection. Changes for missing types of waste can be made as follows:

  • order a new deep waste collection container or containers
  • halve the existing deep waste collection container for two different types of waste
  • rent wheeled waste containers from us for some of your waste.

If necessary, contact the supplier of your deep waste collection container to order a container divider. HSY does not supply deep waste collection containers.

The waste management regulations for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Kirkkonummi apply to all residents of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa, as well as Kirkkonummi and other actors involved in waste management organized by HSY. The waste management regulations came into force on March 1, 2019. The changes concerning separate collection, i.e. the collection of new types of waste, came into force on January 1, 2021, but the sorting of new waste will start in the HSY area in April-May 2021.