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Municipal solid waste

Municipal solid waste

Municipal solid waste is household waste left over from separate collection or sorting residue.



Things that go into municipal solid waste:

  • Greasy and hard-to-clean packaging (e.g. a pizza box)
  • Dirty and broken (unfit for re-use) clothes, shoes, soft children's toys
  • Large bones from food waste
  • Food supplements and vitamins
  • Cosmetics
  • Diapers, sanitary pads, tampons
  • Packaged wipes and cat litter
  • CD discs
  • Empty/broken pens, paper clips
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Cooled ash
  • Cigarette butts
  • Used paper dishes
  • Glass, including mirror fragments
  • Broken dishes (pots, pans, plates, etc.)

Things that do not go into municipal solid waste: 

  • Bio-waste, including liquid waste
  • Clean packaging
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Medicine (take it to a pharmacy)
  • Batteries (take to point of sale or collection box)
  • Small electronics (take to point of sale)
  • E-cigarettes (take to point of sale)
  • Flammable and explosive waste
  • Toilet waste
  • Collection pit sediments
  • Construction waste
  • Substances and objects that may endanger the custodian of the waste containers, the waste handler or other persons

Having a collection container for municipal solid waste on the waste owner's property is mandatory!

PLEASE NOTE! In the organised waste transport area, the waste manager must hand over the municipal solid waste to the waste hauler selected in the procurement process. In areas where waste transport is not organised, e.g. Aegna island, the waste owner must sign a waste management contract with a waste handler themselves. Find out more here.

From municipal solid waste, you must separate at least:

Read more in the regulation “The procedure for sorting municipal waste and the basis for classifying sorted waste

Sorting and handing over municipal solid waste by type helps to ensure a higher quality of the waste material, thereby increasing its recycling possibilities, improving sorting efficiency and avoiding excess energy and labour costs during post-sorting.
Read more in Tallinn's waste management regulation

Description of the service: organised waste transport

Last modified 21.02.2024