Metal packaging sorting instructions for households

metallipakkauksen lajittelu

YES

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 tea light cups

NO

  • Plastic: e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap
  • Packaging or items which are too big to fit must be taken to a municipal take-back point

Any packaging that contains residues of dangerous substances and pressurised packaging (e.g. paint, chemicals, oils, medicines, hairspray) must be taken to your local hazardous waste collection point.

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Freqently asked questions

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.