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Waste management and smoke nuisance

Section 13 Handling of containers removed from use

The container possessor or owner must empty, clean and inspect underground oil, fuel or other chemical containers that are removed from use.  The person performing the cleaning and inspection must be authorised for the inspection of chemical containers by the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency. A certificate of the cleaning and inspection must be sent to the City of Helsinki’s environmental protection authority.

The tank is removed from use once it is no longer needed for the storage of the chemicals mentioned above. The filler and air pipes of the tanks must be removed.

If necessary, the City of Helsinki’s environmental protection authority may require further reports or the removal of the tank from the soil, if the tank is damaged or there are other reasons to suspect that the chemical stored in the tank has seeped into the soil.

When the property is transferred to another possessor, the previous possessor must provide the new possessor with information on the tank and its location as well as the certificate of the cleaning operation.

Section 14 Handling waste at the property

It is prohibited to dispose of waste by burning.

You can burn dry, clean and untreated wood waste in an appropriate fireplace and use paper or cardboard as kindling.
It is prohibited to burn branch wood, logging waste, leaves and other gardening waste openly, including burning them in barrels or other receptacles. The prohibition does not apply to the occasional burning of dry branch wood and logging waste on islands with no road access, or the occasional open burning of dry branches, branch wood, straw, logging waste, leaves and other similar natural, non-hazardous plant waste in connection with agriculture and forestry, unless it causes unreasonable disturbance to the neighbours.

The possessor of the property must notify the utilisation of waste in earth construction to the City of Helsinki’s environmental protection authority in writing, unless the use requires an environmental permit or is governed by the Government decree on the Recovery of Certain Wastes in Earth Construction (843/2017). The notification must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the start of the utilisation.  This obligation does not apply to the use of gardening waste and compostable food and toilet waste as soil conditioner.

The notification must provide the following information:

- type of waste
- origin of waste
- pre-treatment of waste
- intended disposal location
- amount of waste to be disposed of
- time of disposal.

Any analysis results depicting the environmental impact of the waste, a map of the disposal location, an account of how the waste is going to be disposed of into the soil and the land-owner’s consent must be attached to the notification. A form for the notification can be found on the City of Helsinki website.

Any toilet and food waste used as soil conditioners must be composted to remove any hazard and its processing must not cause any risk of pollution.

The waste management regulations of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Kirkkonummi also regulate the composting and other treatment of waste. 

The use of flue dust and bottom ash generated by burning coal or oil as well as concrete and brick waste or other similar waste in earth construction in important groundwater areas is prohibited.

The possessor of the property must provide the new possessor of the property with pertinent information on the waste placed in the soil.

Section 15 Quality requirements for some wastes utilised in earth construction

Waste utilised in earth construction must be technically suitable for it and the waste must not contain significant amounts of substances that are hazardous to the environment or health.

Concrete and asphalt waste used for groundwork must consists of pieces with a maximum diameter of 150 mm, and the concrete waste must not contain significant amounts of reinforced steel or other waste.

The proportion of harmful substances in soil used for earth construction without a risk assessment must be below the threshold values mentioned in the Government Decree on the Assessment of Soil Contamination and Remediation Needs (214/2007).
Section 16 Preventing smoke nuisance

Heating and ventilation equipment must be adjusted, serviced and used so that the emissions do not harm health or comfort in general, or cause any other damage to the environment. The condition of heating equipment must be proven through an assessment issued by an expert upon request by the environmental protection authority.

Burning wood or any other solid fuel in fireplaces must not cause unreasonable smoke or odour nuisance to neighbours or the local environment.

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