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Products of concern

Products of concern

A product of concern is a product whose waste causes or may cause a health or environmental hazard, environmental disturbance or excessive littering of the environment and requires additional attention.

According to the principle of extended manufacturer responsibility, the manufacturer must ensure the collection of waste from the product of concern on the market and its recovery, re-use or disposal. The costs related to these activities are the responsibility of the manufacturer.

The manufacturer has the obligation to collect and forward for further processing the waste generated by products of concern that were on the market before the implementation of manufacturer responsibility (the so-called former or historical waste).

PLEASE NOTE! It is forbidden to put waste from products of concern in the mixed household waste container. They must be collected separately from other waste!






According to the Waste Act, battery manufacturers are obliged to take back used batteries free of charge through points of sale, providing the distributor with the necessary collection container. All battery sales points (shops, kiosks, etc.) must take back used batteries free of charge, regardless of whether new batteries are purchased or not.

This information must be visible at the sales point. Batteries that have become unusable are also accepted free of charge at
waste treatment plants.


Electrical and electronic equipment and their parts


Importers and manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment (EES) are obliged to take back old used household appliances from households free of charge.

If a physical person wants to buy an electrical or electronic device (television, refrigerator, radio, etc.) from the store, the store is obliged to take back an old device of the same type. The store must not refuse to accept an old similar device when buying a new device! If the old device is not with you when buying a new device, the store may refuse to accept it later.
Small electronic devices (side length up to 25 cm) must be accepted free of charge by all stores over 400 m² that sell any electronic devices, even if no replacement is purchased.

Locations of collection points for electrical and electronic equipment:
  • Tallinn’s waste treatment plants
  • small electronics collection points at Lasnamäe, Mustika and Sikupilli Prisma shops (only small electronic devices are accepted!).
  • As part of a campaign organised by the Estonian Electrical and Electronic Equipments Ringlus MTÜ (EES-Ringlus), small household appliances, batteries and lightbulbs can also be handed over at collection boxes located in larger store chains (Prisma, K-Rauta, Bauhof, Euronics, eLux, Kodumasinad, Maksimarket, Expert).  More information can be found at:

PLEASE NOTE! Electronic devices to be returned must be complete (all important parts still present, incl. compressors, drums, etc. Power cords, buttons, remote controls, etc. are not essential parts). Incomplete electronic waste is only accepted for a fee.

The collection of household appliances in Estonia is organised by Estonian Electrical and Electronic Equipment Ringlus MTÜ (phone +372 648 4335) and MTÜ Eesti Elektroonikaromu (phone +372 633 9244).

For transporting heavy objects (refrigerator, washing machine, electric stove, etc.), you can use, for example, the paid service of the company Kolatakso: [email protected] or +372 5623 6002.
Repair an old device or buy a new electronic device second-hand:

Motor vehicles and their parts


Scrap vehicles are hazardous waste that must be handled in an environmentally friendly manner and by a waste handler with an environmental permit.

Dismantling a scrap vehicle on your own initiative or handing it over for handling to a person who does not have the corresponding permit is prohibited by law!

When accepting a scrap vehicle, the manufacturer is obliged to accept up to 4 tyres attached to the vehicle and the spare tyre accompanying the vehicle free of charge and organise their recycling.

Old tyres

Old tyres can be handed over to a collection point designated by the manufacturer or the producer responsibility organisation (MTÜ Rehviringlus), a waste treatment plant, or, in the case of buying a new tyre, a distributor's point of sale or a tyre company. 


Waste treatment plants in Tallinn accept tyres free of charge from residents of Tallinn and other local governments.

PLEASE NOTE! Tyres from legal persons are not accepted at waste treatment plants. Legal persons can hand over used tyres to
Utilisaator Grupp OÜ.

In order to transfer special types of tyres, such as truck, ATV or motorcycle tyres, a private person must prepare a consignment note application form on the MTÜ Rehviringlus website.

Recycling truck tyres:
The following companies deal with truck tyre retreading: Balco ASEurovia-M OÜRehvimeister ASUrmas Rehvid OÜVeguma OÜVevid AS.

Agricultural plastic


Agricultural plastic is silage bale film, silage cover film, film tunnel, covering net and plastic rope used in agriculture or horticulture.

Additional information can be found here.

Service description: collection of hazardous waste and recyclable waste

Last modified 21.02.2024