Metal can be recycled forever

The quality of metal does not deteriorate in the recycling process, so it can be recycled forever. Metal taken to eco take-back points is transported to reception terminals, where it is sorted and stored, and related statistics are also compiled. From the terminals, metal waste is transferred to crushing plants. Crushed metal waste is delivered to foundries where scrap metal is turned into new raw material for the metal industry.

Recycled metal is used, for example:

  • in new metal packaging
  • in bicycle frames
  • spades
  • car parts

Read more about recycling metal: www.mepak.fi.

FAQ

How do I sort metal paint tins?

Make sure that the tin is empty, clean and dry. There should only be a very thin coat of dry paint inside, no more than the thickness of a brush stroke. Return the tops separately.
Take tins that contain wet paint to your local hazardous waste collection point. You can find your nearest collection point on the Kierrätys.info online service.

Can I put pans and frying pans into the container for metal packaging?

Yes, if they fit through the opening in the container. You can also put other small metal objects such as cutlery, scissors, screws, nails and the aluminium casings of tea lights into this container.
Please note: take big metal objects that cannot fit into a container to the collection point specified by your municipality. Electrical appliances have their own collection points, and they can often also be taken to shops that sell them. The collection points for all waste materials in Finland can be found here: www.kierratys.info.

How do I sort an aerosol can, such as a hairspray bottle?

Make sure it is completely empty: shake the bottle. It is empty when there is no sound of liquid inside, no hissing when you press the spray top and no propellant or other substances come out.

Aerosol cans that are not completely empty must be taken to your local hazardous waste collection point. You can find your nearest collection point on the Kierrätys.info online service.

Can New Year tins be put into the metal packaging collection container?

No, they cannot. New Year tins are mainly lead, which is a heavy metal. Take New Year tins to your local hazardous waste collection point. You can find your nearest collection point on the Kierrätys.info online service.