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Harmful invasive alien species

Harmful invasive alien species are plants, animals or other organisms that through human action have spread from their natural geographic range to new areas, where they pose a threat to biodiversity and/or cause significant economic, social or aesthetic harm. Himalayan balsam, hogweed, garden lupine, rugosa rose and the Spanish slug are examples of these. You will find more information on these on the Invasive Alien Species Portal.

  • Transportation of invasive alien species always includes a risk of spreading. Therefore, it is recommended that waste consisting of alien species is destroyed at site, if possible.
  • Pack the invasive alien species thoroughly in a tightly closed double garbage bag.
    • See the packing instruction for rugosa rose.
    • Take them to the sorting station as waste consisting of invasive alien species.
    • Handle waste consisting of invasive alien species with extra care so that plant parts or eggs, that enable spreading, do not end up in the environment.
  • If you dig up the plant with root and soil all together, you must separate the plant parts from the soil material already at the site where the digging has been done. Reception cannot be offered to mixed loads with both soil material, roots and branches.

Small loads of invasive alien species, that have been packed according to instructions, are received at all sorting stations free of charge. Large loads are received only at the Topinoja and Korvenmäki waste treatment centres and the reception applies only for loads without soil. Large amounts are received according to the price of burnable waste.

Please observe that it is recommended that the load with the invasive alien species, that have been packed according to the instructions, is covered with for example a hood or a cover during transportation. This minimises the risk for spreading.

Waste reception:

Waste treatment centre, Sorting station

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