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Hazardous waste and reusable items collected on two consecutive weekends

Hazardous waste and reusable items collected on two consecutive weekends

In the upcoming weekend and the following weekend, namely 13-14 May and 20-21 May, Tallinn residents can dispose of both hazardous waste and reusable items during the collection round near their homes.

The collection rounds will take place in Pirita, Mustamäe, Nõmme and Lasnamäe this weekend, 13-14 May; and in Kesklinn, Kristiine, Põhja-Tallinn and Haabersti next weekend, 20-21 May.

According to Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Joosep Vimm, it is important to make it easier and more convenient for people to discard hazardous waste. “During the collection rounds, residents can dispose of hazardous waste near their homes,” says Vimm. “Unfortunately, e-cigarettes lying on the ground have began to appear in the cityscape; they should be taken to a waste transfer station, back to the seller or a hazardous waste collection point or handed over during a hazardous waste collection round. An e-cigarette is an electronic device and should not be thrown in the regular rubbish bin as it contains hazardous substances that cause significant environmental damage.”

Two vehicles will be collecting waste from residents at each stop – one for hazardous waste and the other for reusable items.

The hazardous waste collection round accepts packaging containing and contaminated with hazardous substances produced in the household; accumulators and batteries, including lead batteries; expired medicines; residues of paints, varnishes, adhesives and solvents; oils and fats, various lubricants; absorbents, filter materials, contaminated rags and protective clothing; oil filters and antifreeze residues; infectious sharp and pricking items (e.g. old syringes); horticultural toxins and fertiliser residues, pesticides; residues of chemicals (acids, alkalis, photochemicals and other household chemicals); detergents containing hazardous substances; mercury-containing waste (e.g. old thermometers, fluorescent lamps and energy-saving light bulbs); old electrical and electronic equipment, including e-cigarettes. Hazardous waste will be forwarded to Epler & Lorenz AS to be recycled as materials and thus will not end up in household waste or nature.

During the collection round of reusable items the following will be accepted: whole and clean books; tableware and other kitchen utensils; clothes and other home textiles; toys; shoes; hobby and sports equipment; bicycles, interior items (interior decorations, figurines, tablecloths); accessories (jewellery, bags, belts, glasses); smaller working electronic devices (hair dryers, toasters, kettles, mixers, microwave ovens). Items that can be reused will be handed over to MTÜ Uuskasutuskeskus, who will give them a new lease of life.

Items not accepted during the collection rounds include large reusable items such as furniture and working home appliances (refrigerators, cookers). These can be taken to the recycling room at the Paljassaare waste station or to the shops of MTÜ Uuskasutuskeskus.

Collection rounds are organised by the Tallinn Waste Centre.

More information: or +372 616 4000.