Waste collection in the Helsinki inner city. Photo: HSY

Waste containers to be emptied at earlier hours as of 1 March

The hours when waste containers can be emptied will be extended as of the beginning of March 2019. From there onwards, waste containers can be emptied in the Helsinki inner city areas from 5–22 (from 5:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Elsewhere in the city, waste containers can be emptied from 7–21. 

“The extended hours will ease morning traffic congestion especially in the Helsinki city centre, when garbage trucks won’t be circulating to collect waste when people are commuting. The reform will also help to reduce emissions from waste collection and to improve the safety of waste collectors and others moving in the areas,” says Petri Kouvo, Director of the Waste Management division of Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY).  

The reform was finalized by the HSY Board on Friday, 18 January 2019, by approving new waste management regulations for the Helsinki metropolitan area and Kirkkonummi. The new regulations will mainly take effect on 1 March 2019; only new waste collection responsibilities will take effect on 1 January 2021, after a transition period. 

From 2021 onwards, biowaste, plastic, glass and cardboard packaging materials, and small metal items will be collected from residential properties with five or more units. HSY responds with the reform to national recycling goals set by the EU and Finland.  

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