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Packaging waste

Packaging waste

Packaging waste includes both packaging with a deposit label (so-called deposit packaging) and used packaging without a deposit label. Collect packaging separately from other waste as this way the packaging materials end up being recycled and the use of natural resources is reduced. You have already paid the costs of recycling the packaging when you bought the packaged goods. 

The collection of packaging waste is not part of organised waste transport in the city of Tallinn and packaging waste can be taken to a
public package waste disposal point or a waste treatment plant. It is also possible to organise local collection yourself by ordering the corresponding service from a recycling organisation.

Public packaging waste disposal point

Cardboard and paper packaging, glass packaging, plastic-metal packaging, beverage cartons and other packaging (e.g. wooden packaging) are collected in separate containers in waste treatment plants and public package waste disposal points in Tallinn.

If the container or containers at the packaging waste disposal point are full, report this to the contact number of the container manager written on the package container: ETO +372 640 3240, TVO +372 681 1480 and EPR +372 633 9240.
Find the nearest package waste disposal point to your home on the map.


What container should I throw the packaging into?

In the absence of a container for glass packaging and cardboard and paper packaging, packaging made of other mentioned materials can be thrown into the container of plastic-metal packaging and beverage cartons.

Cardboard and paper packaging include:
  • cardboard boxes, kraft paper, paper bags and other clean paper packaging;
  • non-laminated cardboard, corrugated cardboard.
Things that aren’t suitable:
  • waste paper (such as newspapers, magazines, books, envelopes, notebooks, advertising leaflets and catalogues) or dirty and waterlogged cardboard and paper packaging. Dispose of waste paper in a paper and cardboard waste container on your property or take it to a waste treatment plant.
Glass packaging includes:
  • transparent and coloured glass alcohol bottles, glass jars, syrup bottles and other clean glass packaging (e.g. cosmetic and care product packaging).
Plastic and metal packaging and beverage cartons include:
  • yoghurt and butter cups, oil, ketchup and mayonnaise bottles;
  • cosmetic and care product packaging (for example, shampoo bottles);
  • plastic dishes and containers and other clean plastic packaging;
  • metal lids and caps for food and beverage packaging;
  • food cans and containers;
  • cardboard milk and juice packages;
  • cardboard baked goods’ boxes and other clean cardboard packaging;
  • beverage bottles, plastic bags, packaging film.

Which packages can be thrown into the packaging container?

  • The packages thrown into the packaging waste container must be empty, free of food and other residues as much as possible. The packages do not need to be thoroughly washed - rinsing is enough. If rinsing does not clean the packaging of food, the packaging should be thrown into the municipal solid waste container.
  • Packaging containing food, plastic toys, packaging containing dangerous substances (e.g. household chemicals, glue, paint and solvent packaging), aerosol bottles, window and sheet glass, light bulbs, diapers, mirror glass, glass and ceramic dishes and pots, used cardboard dishes and cups, foil and copy paper must not be thrown into the package collection containers.