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Residents turn in tens of tons of waste during May campaigns

Residents turn in tens of tons of waste during May campaigns

In May, the Tallinn Waste Centre (Jäätmekeskus) organized two campaigns for the free collection of waste. The hazardous waste and reusable items collection rounds took place on two consecutive weekends, May 11–12 and May 18–19. The large waste free disposal campaign was held from May 6 to 12.

On these weekends, Tallinn residents had the opportunity to conveniently and environmentally responsibly dispose of hazardous household waste and reusable items for free. At designated stops in each district, two collection vehicles were available—one for hazardous waste and another for reusable items.

Tallinn Deputy Mayor Margot Roose expressed her delight at the high level of public participation in environmentally friendly waste disposal. “Residents' awareness of the need for waste sorting increases year by year, as people feel more responsible for the environment. In addition to the collection rounds, Tallinn’s waste stations provide daily opportunities for environmentally friendly waste disposal and the reuse of intact items,” said Roose.

In the spring of 2024, a total of 25,176 kg of hazardous waste was collected. During the spring campaign, 1,504 residents participated, with the most visits recorded in the Haabersti, Lasnamäe, and Mustamäe districts. The most collected items were paint, varnish, and adhesive waste (13,388 kg), electronics (7,120 kg), and used oil (1,907 kg).

A total of 645 residents donated reusable items, with the highest donations coming from the Nõmme, Haabersti, and Põhja-Tallinn districts. Predominantly, books and clothes were donated. All reusable items were handed over to the Uuskasutuskeskus (Reuse Center), which sorts and repurposes them.

During the large waste free disposal campaign, waste stations were visited 1,556 times, and nearly 1,600 cubic meters of large waste were handed over. Typically, the campaign peaks on weekends, and this time was no different: on Saturday, waste stations were visited 315 times, with 386 cubic meters of large waste handed over, and on Sunday, there were 239 visits, with 274 cubic meters collected.

Hazardous waste can be disposed of daily at Tallinn’s waste stations in Pärnamäe, Rahumäe, Pääsküla, and Paljassaare. Additionally, there are six hazardous waste collection points open on Saturdays and Sundays. These are located in Kesklinn (at the parking lots of Wismari 13 and Väike-Rannavärav 6), Kristiine (at Mustjõe 40), Lasnamäe (behind the bus stop opposite Pae 19 and Narva mnt 150), and near Haabersti Rimi and Circle K. Collection points are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00 and are closed on public holidays.