Sorting and utilizing waste

South Karelia is a pioneer in waste recycling and recovery. Sorting of bio waste has been a practice, since 2002 in all households and leisure homes all over South Karelia and in many municipalities even earlier.

Mixed waste – or dry waste, as we call it here in South Karelia – has been recovered to energy since 2013. Today dry waste from households is no longer buried in landfill

We have a comprehensive network of recycling points in South Karelia, 95 points in total. They are operated by Etelä-Karjalan Jätehuolto Oy and RINKI Oy.

We also collect plastic packaging from households in Lappeenranta and Imatra urban areas. This service is optional for smaller housing companies and detached houses.

How to sort correctly? See the instructions below

Cardboard

Yes to carton packaging

Empty, clean, dry, flattened and packed inside one another

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Cartons, e.g. milk and juice cartons
  • Cardboard containers for ready meals, packaging for dry products
  • Cartons for dry products, e.g. cereal and biscuit packets
  • Paper bags
  • Pizza boxes, egg cartons
  • Disposable tableware made of cardboard
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper, e.g. copy paper wrappings
  • Cardboard carriers for beverages, e.g. six-packs and cases

Plastic corks from milk, juice and yogurt containers should be put to the plastic packaging, but the collars can stay

No, to carton packaging

  • Plastic, e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap


Paper

Yes to paper

  • Newspaper and magazines
  • Advertisements and brochures
  • Envelopes with and without windows
  • White and colored print and copy paper
  • Telephone and product catalogs
  • Paperback books
  • White paper bags

No to paper

  • Wet or dirty paper
  • Cardboard or carton
  • Brown paper or brown paper bags
  • Plastic
  • Foil or wax paper
  • Any kind of wrapping paper, including gift wrappings
  • Ribbons, tapes


Glass packaging

Yes to glass packaging

Empty, with caps and lids removed

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

It’s not necessary to remove labels and bottle neck rings. Rinse dirty glass packaging with cold water if necessary.

Please return deposit glass bottles to reverse vending machines in shops!

No to glass packaging

  • Healthcare packaging such as vials and ampoules
  • Plastic e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap
  • Porcelain or ceramics
  • Glass dishes (e.g. drinking glasses, oven dishes, coffee pots, lids for pots and pans)
  • Chrystal
  • Opal glass (e.g. some cosmetics packaging and ornamental objects)
  • Window or mirrors
  • Light bulbs or lamps

Any packaging that contains residues of dangerous substances (e.g. medicines, nail polish, etc.) must be taken to hazardous waste collection point (medicines to the pharmacy).



Metal

Yes to metal

Empty, clean and dry

Metal packaging

  • Tins
  • Non-deposit beverage cans
  • Metal lids, caps and closures
  • Aluminium trays, foil and covers
  • Paint tins
  • Non-pressurised aerosol cans

Small metal household items

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery, scissors and tools
  • Other small metal objects (nails, screws, fittings, etc.)
  • Aluminium candle cups

No to metal

  • Plastic e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap
  • Coffee bags
  • Batteries
  • Electrical equipment

Packaging or items which are too big to fit must be taken to a municipal waste center



Plastic packaging

Yes to plastic packaging

Empty, clean and dry household plastic packaging

  • Plastic food packaging such as yogurt pots, butter tubs and packaging for cold cuts, cheese and ready meals
  • Detergent, shampoo and soap packaging
  • Plastic bottles, cans and jars, preferably flattened
  • Plastic bags and wrappings

No to plastic packaging

  • Dirty plastic packaging and mixed waste
  • PVC packaging
  • Other plastic products or plastic packaging from firms


Dry waste

Yes to dry waste

  • Worn clothes
  • Broken dishes
  • Vacuum cleaner dust bags
  • Diapers and anitary towels
  • Windows and other special glass
  • Light bulbs and halogen lamps
  • Combination packaging
  • Dirty cardboard, paper and plastic packaging
  • Cat litter

No to dry waste

  • Bio waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Recyclable waste


Bio waste

Yes to bio waste

  • Vegetable and fruit skins
  • Food waste
  • Coffee filters and biodegradable tea bags
  • Egg shells, egg cartons and small bones
  • Kitchen tissue and napkins
  • Pet cage litter

No to bio waste

  • Liquids
  • Plastic
  • Ash
  • Other non-biodegradable waste


Hazardous waste

Yes to hazardous waste collection

  • Paints, adhesives, varnishes
  • Aerosols
  • Acids, bases, solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Antifreeze agents and brake fluids
  • Oils and oil filters
  • Fluorescent and energy-saving lamps
  • Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
  • Medicines

No to hazardous waste collection

  • Explosives –> to police
  • Fireworks –> to sellers, importers or police
  • Refrigerators and freezers –> to electrical equipment collection
  • Halogen lamps, light bulbs –> to dry waste
  • Impregnated wood –> to municipal waste center or Kukkuroinmäki waste center
  • Asbestos –> Kukkuorinmäki waste center
  • Gas cylinders –> to sellers or importers
  • Radioactive waste

Medicines and thermometers containing mercury must be taken to pharmacy

Batteries and small accumulators can be taken to every store that are selling those.



Electrical equipment

Yes to electrical equipment collection

  • All equipment powered by alternating current, solar energy, batteries or accumulators
  • Domestic appliances, freezers, refrigerators
  • Consumer electronics
  • Phones
  • Fluorescent and energy-saving lamps, LED lamps (un-packed)

Where you can take electrical equipment?

  • Small electrical equipment (exterior dimensions less than 25 cm) to the bigger stores
  • Big electrical equipment (exterior dimensions more than 25 cm) to every store, if you buy the same kind of electrical equipment there
  • Kukkuroinmäki waste centre or municipal waste centre

Read more

Waste management in South Carelia

Waste management of properties

Large waste items

Waste management fees