Sort and flatten! With so much waste being generated, sorting is now more important than ever

Packaging materials and other rubbish are accumulating in homes now more than usual. When waste is sorted properly, the waste containers are filled up more evenly. Everyone can contribute to the cleanliness of waste container areas.

The consumption of ready-made meals and take away food in single-use packaging has increased, which is why households generate plenty of packaging material waste and other rubbish. When people spend lots of time at home, they tend to notice unnecessary items in the house. The exceptional circumstances have had an impact on waste collection areas: the containers fill up quickly and people bring unwanted items to the collection area.

Flatten packaging boxes and stack cardboard packaging boxes inside one another. This way, more of them fit inside the container.

With so much waste being generated, sorting is now more important than ever. Sorting waste into different containers by waste type fills up waste containers more evenly.This also saves money, because collecting sorted waste is more affordable than collecting mixed waste.  

Everyone can contribute to the functionality and cleanliness of the waste collection area by following a few simple steps:

  • The containers closest to the door often fill up first. Take a few more steps into the collection area to see if the containers in the back have more room.
  • Flatten packaging boxes and stack cardboard packaging boxes inside one another.
  • If you have room for cardboard and paperboard packaging in the cupboards in your hallway, for example, you can store them at home and dispose of them when the waste containers are less full.  

Do not take furniture, electronics or other items that do not belong in waste containers to the waste collection point.You can return small individual electrical devices and energy-saving lamps to the largest stores that sell them without the obligation to buy a new device. The store will take away a large device when you buy a new similar device to replace it. Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority Sortti Stations are also open during the pandemic, but the number of people visiting them has been restricted for safety reasons, which is why you may expect longer queues. Consider disposing of unwanted items once the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted.