Sorting instructions for carton packaging

Almost 80,000 tonnes of carton from consumers alone is collected for recycling every year. Luckily, sorting it is easy! View and print the instructions here.


Sorting instructions for carton packaging


Empty, clean, dry, flattened and packed inside one another

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Cartons, e.g. milk and juice cartons
  • Cardboard containers for ready meals, packaging for dry products
  • Cartons for dry products, e.g. cereal and biscuit packets
  • Paper bags
  • Pizza boxes, egg cartons
  • Disposable tableware made of cardboard
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper, e.g. copy paper wrappings
  • Cardboard carriers for beverages, e.g. six-packs and cases

Flatten cartons before sorting. When the cartons are flattened, it is possible to empty the collection containers less frequently.


  • Plastic: e.g. plastic bags and wrappings, polystyrene, bubble wrap
  • Batteries or electronic devices

Return batteries and electronic devices to their own collection points.

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.

Printable sorting instructions

How to sort carton packaging (in Finnish)