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 pack products in Finland or import packed 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. 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 are financed by recycling fees paid by the producers. If other types of waste were taken to Rinki eco take-back points, the recycling costs would be excessive.
In addition to packaging, companies also have producer responsibility for car tyres, cars, electrical and electronic devices, batteries and recycled paper as described in the Waste Act. Other types of waste – such as the collection of plastic products – are the responsibility of municipal waste management organisations.