Detached houses and small apartment blocks

Residents of detached houses or housing companies with 1–4 homes have many options for waste management. At the moment, the minimum requirement is a waste container for combustible waste, in which biowaste can also be added. From October 2023 the majority of households in Stormossen’s operating area (Vaasa, Korsholm, Vörå, Isokyrö, Vähäkyrö, Malax, and Korsnäs) must join in the separate sorting of biowaste. Here you can check the areas affected by the separate collection of biowaste.

Separating biowaste from combustible waste is an environmentally friendly act. Biowaste does more harm than good amongst combustible waste because it burns badly. Separately sorted biowaste can also be used in Stormossen’s biowaste plant to produce biogas and compost soil.

Alternatives for Biowaste Sorting in 2023

New waste management regulations will enter into force during 2023. Residents of detached houses or housing companies with 1–4 homes will then have three alternatives for biowaste sorting.

1. Separate Biowaste Container in Your Own Yard

You can sort biowaste in a separate container in your own yard as of 1 October 2023. Stormossen will automatically bring a container (140 liters) to your yard. The container will be emptied and the waste transported by Stormossen. Check this link to find out your area’s waste transporters (in Finnish). The charge of emptying the biowaste container (140 liters) is 8,56€/emptying. It will be emptied every other week during in the summer (April–October) and can be every fourth week in the winter (November–March), or more frequently if needed.

2. Shared container with a neighbour

You can also sort your biowaste in a shared container with a neighbour. In that case, you need to apply for shared biowaste container to Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee (Vaasan seudun jätelautakunta)(external link in Finnish) by 31.5.2023. If you already have a shared container for combustible waste that is approved by the Waste Committee we assume that you want to have a shared container also for biowaste. In that case you do not have to make an application. If any of you instead wish to have your own container, please contact Stormossen at or 010 320 7600 by 31.5.2023.

3. Your Own, Year-Round, Closed, and Insulated Compost

If you have a closed and insulated compost that is used year-round, you can sort your biowaste into it. You can also share the compost with a neighbour. Bokashi is also allowed. In that case, post-composting in a closed compost is compulsory. You must fill out a composting notification form at Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee’s (Vaasan seudun jätelautakunta) website (external link in Finnish) by 31.5.2023.

Multi-compartment container collection in its current form will end on 30 June 2023. Further information will be available during the spring 2023.

All households must continue to have a combustible waste container. Residents will choose their waste transporter and order their waste transports themselves also in the future.

How Often is a Container Emptied?

The following applies until October 2023:

Combustible waste is emptied in summer at 1–2-week intervals and in winter at 1–4-week intervals without a separate application to the Waste Committee. Biowaste is emptied at 1–2-week intervals, both in the summer and winter. Four-compartment containers are emptied at 1–2-week intervals in summer and at 1–4-week intervals in winter.

In order to extend the emptying intervals, a written application must be made to Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee (Vaasan seudun jätelautakunta), PL 2, 65101 VAASA.

Emptying intervals Will Change as of 1 October 2023

If you live in Area A and sort your biowaste separately:

After 1 October 2023, property owners can agree directly with waste transporters on extended emptying intervals for combustible waste. In the future, emptying intervals for combustible waste can be as long as 12 weeks. Emptying intervals for biowaste containers in detached houses and small apartment blocks is every other week in the summer (1 April – 30 October) and can be every fourth week in the winter (1 November – 31 March), or more frequently if needed.

If you live in Area B and sort your biowaste voluntarily:

The emptying interval for combustible waste can be extended if biowaste is collected separately or composted. Biowaste container emptyings are ordered from Stormossen. A composting notification must be made to the Waste Committee. An extended emptying interval for combustible waste can be applied from Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee.

How To Sort the Remaining Waste?

Properly sorted waste benefits you, your surroundings, and future generations. Paper, metal, glass packagings, and batteries can be taken to the closest Ecopoint. Check the location of Ecopoints from this link. Some Ecopoints also receive cardboard and plastic packagings.

You can also choose to have containers for packagings as of 1 of October 2023. Containers and transportations can be ordered via Stormossen.

Glass packaging (max. 240 liters) 8,16€/emptying
Metal packaging (max. 240 liters) 8,16€/emptying
Cardboard packaging (max. 660 liters) 7,95€/emptying
Plastic packaging (max. 660 liters) 7,95€/emptying

As of 1 of October 2023 the emptying intervals for glass- and metal packagings is at least once a year. The interval for the emptying of cardboard- and plastic packaging can be 12 weeks.

As of 1 January 2023, end-of-life textiles must be sorted separately. End-of-life textiles can be brought to all our waste reception stations.

Hazardous waste, electrical and electronic waste, and large items must be taken to a waste reception station. With Stormossen’s customer card, you can visit a waste reception station as many times as is needed. Every household in Stormossen’s operating area is entitled to the customer card. You can also download the card to your smartphone via Stormossen’s app.

Do I Need a Waste Container Even If I Have No Waste?

Yes. All households must be connected to the municipal waste service. This minimises instances where waste is dumped into nature. If you only produce a small amount of waste, we recommend using a small waste container and optimised emptying intervals. A shared container with a neighbour is also an option.