Commercial and municipal waste are collected separately in Finland. The Finnish Packaging Recycling RINKI has a take-back point for domestic waste in the Posio administrative centre, Ahola. Carton packaging, glass packaging, metal, plastic packaging, paper, and textiles are collected separately. Tourism businesses cannot use the point, but tourists can. In general, businesses have their own waste management contracts and the municipalities are responsible for collecting domestic waste.
Municipal biodegradeable waste (biowaste) is not yet collected separately. Some households have private composters. One of the challenges in collecting large quantities of biowaste is that it freezes in the containers in winter. Seasonality of tourism affects the quantity of produced waste throughout the year, creating another logistical challenge. Another challenge in the collection is the long distances between the waste producers and the waste processing facilities. Currently biowaste and other combustible municipal waste of Posio is incinerated at the Laanila eco power plant in Oulu. In some cases, the emissions caused by the transportation exceed the benefits from having the waste collected separately.
Some of the Posio tourism companies have their own composts and have organised their recycling with private companies efficiently. For example, Tapio restaurant is one the companies with a compost. Pentik and Himmerki have a system for collecting carton packaging separately.
As the number of companies having a contract with the same waste management company rises, the collection becomes more efficient. The Tourism Association and the municipality are in the process of reorganising the commercial waste collection with a national waste management company.