Rinki eco take-back points are only for the collection of household packaging. This is based on a statutory producer responsibility, which specifically applies to packaging. Companies that package products in Finland or import packaged products for the Finnish market and have a turnover of at least one million euros are responsible for recycling packaging made of glass, metal, carton and plastic and for the related costs. Such companies bear so-called producer responsibility, which means that the packaging materials that have entered the Finnish market with products must be collected and recycled, and they must be reused in the production of new products. This responsibility is based on EU and Finnish legislation.
The operations of Rinki eco take-back points are funded by recycling fees collected from packaging producers. If other types of waste were taken to Rinki eco take-back points, the cost of recycling would be excessive and unfair for the producers.
Plastic products do not carry the same producer responsibility as plastic packaging, and their collection is the responsibility of the municipal waste management companies. Plastic products such as toys may also include electronic parts. There is a separate collection service for waste electrical and electronic equipment, please visit http://serkierratys.fi/en/frontpage for more information.