Important things to remember for Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year are just behind the corner! We’ve gathered some key points in this article to keep in mind for the upcoming days. Here you’ll find information on safety, recycling Christmas waste, and Christmas Eve saunas.


Candles and fire safety

Ensuring fire safety is crucial throughout the year, but with the likelihood of more candles being lit during Christmas, here’s a quick checklist for their safe usage:

  • Keep anything flammable away from candles.
  • Ensure the candle holder is non-flammable.
  • Always have the last person leaving the room extinguish the candles.
  • Space tealights and table candles about five centimeters apart – not closer.
  • Test your smoke alarm monthly, and replace the battery annually.


Fireworks and safety

Fireworks are a traditional part of many New Year’s celebrations in Finland. However, accidents, particularly eye injuries, are unfortunately common. Take preventive measures to ensure the careful use of fireworks.

  • Fireworks are permitted from December 31, 2023, at 6:00 PM to January 1, 2024, at 2:00 AM.
  • Those under 18 are prohibited from possessing fireworks.
  • Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the instructions for using fireworks.
  • Only launch fireworks from a stable surface. Note the possible impact of wind!
  • Maintain a sufficient distance from people, animals, buildings, and vehicles.
  • Consider the impact of strong winds: increase the distance and aim carefully.
  • Remember to wear safety glasses!

You can read more about safety use of fireworks here:


Christmas sauna

With joy, we announce that the Christmas sauna will be arranged again this year!

Christmas sauna shifts for residents on Sunday, December 24, 2023, are as follows:

Men: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Women: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM


Sorting Guidelines for Christmas Waste

  • Aluminum trays, foils, and metal objects: Metal recycling (Metalli)
  • Mulled wine bottles and cans: Glass bottles to glass recycling (Lasi), cardboard to cardboard recycling (Kartonki)
  • Advent calendars: Mixed waste (Sekajäte)
  • Christmas cards: Paper recycling (Paperi)
  • Christmas flowers: Plant parts to biowaste (Biojäte), and flower soils to mixed waste (Sekajäte)
  • Christmas tree: Take it to sorting stations/Majasaari Waste Center free of charge
  • Ham broths and fats: Utilize broth in sauces. Solidify the fat, compost it, or put it in a milk carton and place it in the biowaste (Biojäte). Do not pour ham fat into the drain. Note: The ham fat collection (Kinkkutemppu) is at Kajaani K-Citymarket’s P-area from December 18, 2023, to January 7, 2024. Place ham fats there in a cardboard box.
  • Candle and tealight metal casings: Stearin, candle stubs, and memorial candles to mixed waste (Sekajäte). Sort metal parts and tealight casings into metal recycling (Metalli)
  • Gift bags: Mixed waste (Sekajäte) – Keep intact gift bags for reuse
  • Ribbons and gift wrap: Mixed waste (Sekajäte)
  • Batteries: Take to sales points – tape the battery terminals
  • Electric Christmas lights: Take to sales points, Entrinki, or sorting stations
  • New Year’s tin pouring: Hazardous waste (Vaarallinen jäte) – see the website

Sorting stations, Majasaari Waste Center, and the Viestitie office in Kajaani are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, December 25–26, 2023, as well as on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024.

Simple christmas themed picture with the text: Merry Christmas 2023 & Happy New Year 2024!

Wishing you a Safe Christmas and New Year!