Consider what to buy and recycle

You can act in the best way for the Baltic Sea by making sure that your home waste management is in order and that the chemicals you use at home are environmentally friendly.

The only thing that should go to the loo is you!

  • The drains and the toilet are not rubbish bins; only use them for their intended purposes, separate your rubbish and put it into the right bin
  • Learn more about using the toilet and drains properly Guide to sewer etiquette (pdf)

 Pehmolelu istuu WC:n pöntöllä.


Sort your waste and recycle it

  • Take unnecessary but still usable items to the recycling centre yourself, or use social media to find a new owner
  • Sort your waste into plastic, metal, cardboard, paper, clothes, and glass and take them to the collection point
  • Take used batteries and lightbulbs back to the shop hey were bought from
  • Return deposit bottles and cans to the shop
  • Bring harmful substances to the so-called Sortti recycling stations or to the touring collection lorry
  • Take old unneeded medicines to the pharmacy
  • Avoid wasting food: If food waste is generated, dispose of it in the bio-waste collection or compost it instead
  • Waste Guide - Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority

Avoid using unnecessary chemicals

  • Consider what you really need for cleaning your home and doing the laundry
  • Get rid of unnecessary toiletries and cosmetics; make sure that the products you use do not contain plastic (use this free app to help you find out more about your cosmetics: Cosmethics
  • When buying, choose environmentally friendly products with an eco-label
  • Environmentally friendly detergents, such as pine soap and vinegar do not contain phosphates.

Take care of your wastewater

  • In urban areas, wastewater from homes is carried to treatment plants - demand high-quality operations from them!
  • If a detached house is not linked to the municipal sewerage network, make sure the wastewater is treated properly. 

Grow your vegetables organically

  • Avoid the overuse of fertilisers in the garden
  • Use natural fertilisers instead of artificial ones
  • Avoid using pesticides
  • Make sure that fertilisers or pesticides are not washed away to drains or into bodies of water