Sort your waste correctly


  • fruit peel, vegetable and root vegetable skins and egg shells
  • food leftovers
  • dried and spoilt foodstuffs
  • coffee grounds or tea leaves along with the filter papers
  • used paper towels.


  • cigarette butts
  • vacuum cleaner dust bags
  • plastic bags
  • nappies
  • milk and juice cartons.

Mixed waste

  • unsorted waste
  • disposable nappies and sanitary towels
  • porcelain
  • leather and rubber
  • vacuum cleaner dust bags
  • incandescent and halogen light bulbs and fuses
  • PVC plastic products
  • ashes and cigarette butts
  • aluminium-coated plastics, such as coffee packets and crisp bags.


  • hazardous waste
  • electronics


  • newspapers and magazines
  • advertisements
  • recycled papers
  • envelopes (including windowed ones)
  • paper
  • paperback books.


  • wet and dirty paper
  • tissue paper
  • aluminium paper
  • corrugated cardboard
  • brown paper bags
  • cartons and similar packages
  • plastic and styrofoam.

Paperboard and cartboard

  • corrugated cardboard containers and boxes
  • wrapping paper
  • milk and juice cartons etc. (including aluminium-lined ones)
  • dry product cartons
  • paper bags for sugar, flour etc.
  • pizza boxes
  • egg cartons
  • other disposable paperboard containers.


  • dirty and unwashed containers
  • plastic and styrofoam.

Not sure which bin to put your waste in? See the instructions on the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY website.

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