Finland is an environment-friendly place to live in, which is why it has been in the top 10 cleanest countries in 2019 by the EPI Environmental Performance Index. Finland offers different recycling options for recycling and waste management. The Finnish government has set targets to develop recycling and efficient waste management. One of the success factors of recycling in Finland is obligating import firms to be responsible in recycling the products imported to the country while the government encourages the residents to recycle waste correctly and informs them about different recycling and waste management options.
Trash has to be sorted out correctly at home before taking them to the recycling points. Instructions are usually found on the containers. Furniture, garden wastes, hazardous waste, electronics and other mixed waste materials should not be in these recycling bins but instead recycled or put elsewhere, for example sortti.fi/en
There are usually five containers available in the recycling points. Residents are able to recycle glass, paper, metal and cartons. Often, there's a bin for recycling plastic bags.
Glass bin (lasi) You can recycle glass containers, bottles and jars, but not glassware, mirrors or porcelain. Remember to wash the jar and take the metal lids before putting them into the bin.
Metal bin (metalli) Small metal objects and packages with metal as main the main part, such as metals, dish, foil tin, food tin and aluminum dish. Empty and rinse if necessary. Large scrap metal should go to sortti stations.
Paper bin (paperi)
This bin should include newspapers and magazines, advertisement leaflets, envelopes, leaflets and brochures. Remove plastic wrappings from the advertisement or envelopes before recycling them to the bin. If the papers are dirty, put them into the mixed waste instead.
Carton bin (kartonki) Cartons, paperboards, cardboards, paper bags, pizza boxes, aluminum-lined or coated cartons, milk, juice or any liquid cartons can be recycled in this container. Before recycling, be sure that there are no food remains and rinse the liquid packages and let them dry.
Plastic bin (muovipussi)
This includes food packaging, cold cuts container, and cold cuts packaging. Before recycling the plastic, make sure to empty and rinse the package. Plastic packages are collected in some collection points.
Clothes and textiles (vaatteet ja tekstiilit)
Undamaged, neat and clean clothes, pants, shirts, goretex, wool stocking, socks, textile, stocking, socks. Damaged clothing and textiles are mixed waste.
All in all, waste that cannot be recycled are mixed waste, and this is transported to an energy plant, where it is turned into heating and electricity.