WASTE SORTING GUIDE
WASTE SORTING GUIDE FOR WORLD CLEANUP DAY IN ESTONIA
We sort waste by type. It is extremely important that as much of the rubbish that is collected on World Cleanup Day as possible is recycled. Don’t forget to wear gloves when picking up rubbish.
TYPES OF WASTE
Tyres, including larger pieces of tyre, must be piled up separately.
Hazardous waste includes chemicals and paints (and their packaging), aerosol cans, batteries, light bulbs, medicinal products, syringes, electronic devices and their components and asbestos cement.
When collecting hazardous waste, it is important to monitor that only adults do so. Avoid any skin contact with the waste. Collect chemicals together with their packaging –do not pour anything out of the can/canister. Do not mix different types of hazardous waste together.
BEVERAGE PACKAGING, CANS AND BOTTLES
This type of waste includes beverage packages made of glass, plastics and metal, as well as those with deposit packaging symbols. If you find broken bottles and/or cans in the forest, add them to mixed waste.
MIXED WASTE AND OTHER RUBBISH
All other types of waste which do not fit in any of the abovementioned categories, including textiles, clothes and footwear, fragments of glass, smaller pieces of construction waste, plastic products and painted/varnished wood.
This includes metallic objects, pieces of metal, cables and metal cases of electronic devices without internal components.
FURNITURE AND BULKY WASTE
If there are large or heavy pieces of furniture or construction waste (i.e. which are too big for rubbish bags) in your cleaning area, they must be piled up separately in the rubbish drop-off location.
LEAVE SOME WASTE WHERE YOU FIND IT
If we want to clear rubbish from the surrounding environment as effectively as possible, it is not necessary to collect all waste. Biodegradable waste (leaves, apples, branches, etc.) should be left in place. If you find such waste collected in bags, please take it out and leave it to decompose in nature. Only the rubbish bags in which the biodegradable waste was placed should be removed when leaving.
Also, do not remove unpainted or unvarnished wood, or stones and bricks.