Hazardous waste is what the name suggests. Batteries, accumulators, energy-saving light bulbs, paints, solvents and New Year’s tin are a threat to health and the environment when they end up in the wrong place.
Hazardous waste includes substances or objects that have been removed from use and pose a special risk to health or the environment.
Hazardous waste includes, for example:
- energy-saving light bulbs and other fluorescent lights
- medicines, needles and syringes
- waste oil, oil filters and other oily waste
- solvents, such as turpentine, paint thinner, acetone, petrol, fuel oil and solvent-based cleaning agents
- wet paint, glue and varnish (including nail polish)
- pressurised packages, such as aerosol cans (that slosh or hiss)
- alkaline washing and cleaning agents
- pesticides and disinfectants
- fire extinguishers and gas cylinders
- New Year’s tin
- mercury thermometers.
Where can hazardous waste be taken?
Households’ hazardous waste is received by
- HSY collection containers for hazardous waste
- Sortti Stations
- HSY collection vehicles touring in spring.
Check your nearest collection point at kierratys.info.
- Take any unused medicines to a pharmacy.
- Batteries can also be taken to stores that sell them. Cover battery terminals with tape.
- Small amounts of asbestos can be taken to the Ämmässuo Sortti Station for a fee.
- Take pressure impregnated wood to a Sortti Station or a large wood product or hardware store. See the Kestopuu website for the reception locations.
- Take explosives (e.g. fireworks, distress rockets, flares, ammunition) to the police or the sellers.
Instructions for handling hazardous waste
- Keep hazardous waste separate from other waste.
- Do not mix different kinds of hazardous waste with each other.
- Where possible, store hazardous waste in its original packaging or label the packages clearly.
- Make sure that the packages are sealed and remain intact during transport.
- Take petrol to a collection point in an undamaged canister.
Read more about hazardous waste on the HSY website.