Hazardous waste includes materials and items that have been removed from use and pose a threat to people's health or the environment.
Example of hazardous waste
Products including dangerous chemicals have often been labelled with warning signs depicting the possible dangers. A product marked with a warning symbol is always sorted into hazardous waste.
- energy-saving light bulbs and other fluorescent lights
- drugs, needles and syringes
- waste oil, oil filters and other oily waste
- solvents, such as turpentine, thinner, acetone, petrol, fuel oil and solvent-based washing detergents
- wet paint, glue and varnish
- wash water of painting tools
- pressurised packages, such as aerosol cans (that slosh or hiss)
pressure impregnated wood »
- wood preservatives and impregnants
- alkaline washing and cleaning detergents
pesticides and disinfectants
- strong acids, such as sulphuric acid
- fire extinguishers and gas bottles
- New Year's tin
- thermometers with quick silver
Waste Guide provides more information on sorting waste.
Watch the video (in Finnish) of collection of hazardous waste (.wmv, 42 Mb).
Not hazardous waste
- empty or completely dried glue tube > mixed waste
- empty paint can or can with fully dried paint -> metal waste
- completely empty pressurised can, which no longer sloshes or hisses -> metal waste
- halogen and incandescent lamps -> mixed waste
- LED lights -> electronic waste collection
- cigarette stumps -> mixed waste
- no cooking fats -> to biowaste or mixed waste, large amounts must be collected separately
- no fire alarms -> to WEE collection (WEE stands for Waste Electric and Electronic (equipment))