It’s all in the tube

The new era of residential living calls for brand new recycling solutions. At Jätkäsaari, there is a new, innovative pipeline-based waste collection system which introduces hi-tech into waste management on an unprecedented scale.

Using an underground pipe network, waste travels to the waste collection station in a flash. Trucks gather the waste and transport them onwards – waste is utilized as recycled material, incinerated for energy or converted into biogas.

The effect on residents’ every-day living comfort is clear. The traditional waste bins disappear from the yard and the truck traffic in the vicinity of the houses is reduced considerably. The system is easy to use, safe and silent to operate.

But how does it work, then? The waste collection points are usually located in connection to the exits in each block. The residents sort out the waste – mixed waste, biowaste, paper, cardboard and plastic packaging– and take them to the appropriate waste collection point. That’s all one needs to do – the waste collection points empty themselves, automatically. Zooooom – traveling at 70 km/h, the waste is whisked away to the waste collection station to their designated waste containers. Trucks pick up the full containers from the station and transport the waste for further processing.

We can sort it out!

Sorting out the waste - the right way - is the key. There are five separate waste point - don`t get them mixed up! Don`t worry, common sense is really the only tool needed here. Here`s your quick guide to a greener tomorrow - pretty soon you`ll be a recycling champion!

Take care of the tube

According to Finnish legislation on waste management, biowaste and mixed waste must be placed in a bag. Biowaste must have its own, biodegradable bag; mixed waste can be placed in e.g. regular grocery store plastic bags. The plastic packages should also be placed in a plastic bag.

The waste hatch will only accommodate one bag (with a size of no more than 20 liters) at a time. You can not place any long or large items in the system; they belong in the sorting room.

You CAN NOT place any of the following items/materials in the tube
mattresses, Christmas trees, clothes, ice hockey sticks, folders, tree branches, corrugated board, pans, polystyrene, microwave ovens, toasters and other devices/appliances and hazardous waste.


All types of waste have their own designated routes of recycling. The reuse centre and the Sortti- sorting stations, hazardous
waste collection points and stores are places meant for other types of waste. It is worthwhile to learn the waste collection
points’ receivable waste categories in advance.


  • Large reusable items – to the Reuse Centre
  • Small reusable items – to the Reuse Centre

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Center

HELSINKI        Kauppakartanonkatu 12, 00930 Helsinki

HELSINKI        Kyläsaarenkatu 8, 00580 Helsinki

HELSINKI        Keinulaudankuja 4, 00940 Helsinki

HELSINKI        Kylänvanhimmantie 29, 00640 Helsinki

ESPOO              Kutojantie 3, 02630 Espoo

ESPOO              Luoteisrinne 1, 02270 Espoo

VANTAA            Hosantie 2, 01360 Vantaa

VANTAA            Porttisuontie 7, 01200 Vantaa

Open Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 12:00-17:00

Free of charge pick-up service: tel. 050 501 4858

Open Mon-Fri  8:00-18:00


  • Large waste items and large cardboard (those that wont fit the waste pipe) – to the sorting room
  • Glass – to the sorting room
  • Metal – to the sorting room
  • Hazardous waste – to the hazardous waste collection point, Sortti- sorting stations or HSY`s touring collection vehicles
  • Batteries – to the store
  • Small electric and electronic junk – to the store or reuse centre
  • Large electric and electronic junk – to the Sortti-sorting station or when purchaning a new item return the old to the store
  • Energy saving light bulbs – to the hazardous waste collection point, Sortti-sorting station or to the store

The Sortti Stations (HSY)

HELSINKI              Kivikonlaita 5, 00940 Helsinki

HELSINKI              Betonitie 3, 00390 Helsinki

ESPOO                    Ämmässuontie 8, 02820 Espoo

KIRKKONUMMI   Jorvaksentie 10, 02400 Kirkkonummi

VANTAA                 Klemmintie 7, Vantaa

Pick-up Sortti is a collection service for larger waste items produced by households.

For more information, call customer service: 09 1561 2110 (open Mon-Fri 8:30-15:30)



Jätkäsaari sorting rooms and waste points on the map