Sorting instructions for plastic packaging

Is it packaging? Is it made of plastic? Great, then put it into the container for plastic packaging! View and print the instructions here.


Sorting instructions for plastic packaging


Empty and dry plastic household packaging

  • Empty, clean and dry plastic packaging from households
  • Plastic food packaging (e.g. yoghurt cups, butter tubs, cheese packaging and ready-meal trays)
  • Detergent, shampoo, and soap packaging
  • Other household packaging (e.g. plastic bottles, cans, jars, tubes, packaging for toys, tools, garden, and fishing gear etc.)
  • Plastic bags and wrappers
  • EPS or Styrofoam packaging

Flatten the packages, if possible. Remove caps, lids and pump parts and sort them separately. These parts are often made of different plastic than the rest of the packaging. The measure improves recycling.


  • Mixed waste, construction waste or very dirty plastic packaging
  • Any material other than plastic packaging (no cardboard, glass, metal, wood)
  • Other plastic products or plastic packaging used in companies
  • Packages that contain traces of dangerous substances (e.g. lighter fluids, oils, fuels, paints, chemicals, medicines)

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 plastic packaging (in Finnish)