Detached houses and small apartment blocks

Residents of detached houses or housing companies with 1–4 homes have many options for waste management. 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 and the transporters on each area.

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 sorting biowaste from 1.10.2023

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 bio waste transporters. 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. If you’d like to extend the emptying interval on your biowaste contact us by email or by phone 010 320 7600.

Help, I Have Received an Extra Biowaste Container

Please contact Stormossen if you have received a biowaste container in your own yard, even though you use a Multi-Compartment Container or have reported to the Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee that you compost. To ensure that the information is accurate, we kindly ask you to send an e-mail to providing your address, phone number, and the names of the adults in the household. Please mention”Biowaste Container” as subject. Stormossen will collect the extra biowaste container from your yard as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

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) (in Finnish).

Any changes according to the shared waste container has to be reported via a form to Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee (Vaasan seudun jätelautakunta) (in Finnish).

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 (in Finnish).

If you wish to stop composting and choose another method of sorting you must fill a form at Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee’s website (in Finnish).

4. Stormossen’s Multi-Comparment Container

In the Stormossen’s Multi-Compartment Container you can sort biowaste, metal packages, plastic packages and carton packages in the Multi-Compartment Container. The price for the emptying of the container is 14,86€/emptying (incl. VAT 24%). The price includes transportation cost, the container service cost and the treatment cost for biowaste (the package waste don’t have treatment fees). One household can not share a Multi-Compartment Container with another household.

The emptying interval for the Multi-Compartment Container is every other week in the summer time (1.4.-30.10.) and it can be extended for every fourth week in the winter time (1.11.-31.3.). If you’d like to make changes to the emptying interval, contact us by email or by phone 010 320 7600. The emptying and transportation of the containers is done by Remeo, as a result of competitive tendering by Stormossen. Any questions and feedback should be addressed to Stormossen or 010 320 7600.

Combustible waste container remains mandatory

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. The combustible waste can be shared with a neighbour. You must apply for a shared combustible waste container from Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee (in Finnish).

How Often is a Container Emptied?

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. The 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 is 1-2 weeks in the summer time and 1-4 weeks in the wintertime without an application to Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee. 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.

To extend the emptying interval for combustible waste, please make an application at Vaasa Region’s Waste Committee’s website (in Finnish).

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.

You can find more information about the waste manegement costs in a detached home here.

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.