Housing and health
The conditions in homes must be such that they do not cause health hazards to people.
Control of health conditions in housing in Helsinki is the responsibility of the Urban Environment Division's Environment services. The Environment services carries out health hazard inspections of apartments upon residents’ requests.
If there is reason to suspect a health hazard in a home or a corresponding space for human activity, one should always first contact the property owner or manager.
The responsibility for investigating and correcting a hazard lies with the actor that has caused the hazard. In case of disagreement with the property owner on the existence of a hazard or correction need, the The Environment services can review the matter and inspect the space in its capacity as the municipal health authority.
The waste guide helps you with sorting problems
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY organise waste management for residential properties and the public administration, both in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Kirkkonummi. Waste guide tells you what kind of waste your waste items are and where to take them.
HSY recycling points became Rinki eco take-back points
Consumers can take used carton, glass and plastic packaging as well as small metal objects to Rinki eco take-back points. Paper can also be recycled at the points, and most of them accept wearable clothing. You can find the points and materials accepted at each point using the search at rinkiin.fi/for-households/rinki-eco-take-back-points.
Other waste materials can be taken to HSY’s Sortti Stations. Hazardous waste is also collected at some service stations. Recycling points can be found at www.kierratys.info.
A free customer service will be available for consumers in the Helsinki region with questions and feedback about Rinki eco take-back points from the beginning of 2019: Tel. 0800 133 888 (Mon-Fri 7:00-21:00, Sat 9:00-18:00), email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave your feedback quickly and easily using the online form at rinkiin.fi/rinki-ecopointfeedback. The new contact details will also be available at the eco take-back points.