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Utilisation of waste in earthworks

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Certain types of waste can be used in earthworks without an environmental permit. The use must be reported to the ELY Centre responsible for oversight.

Do the following

The owner must submit a notice of the activity to the environmental information system. Print, fill in and sign two copies of the form and send them to the registry office of the ELY Centre responsible for the area.

To whom and on what terms

Waste materials that can be used in earthworks are specified in the Government decree on the use of certain waste types in earthworks (the MARA Decree, 843/2017). The specified waste types can be used by public utilities or operators in the following types of construction:

  • roads
  • surfaced fields
  • embankments
  • foundations of industrial and warehousing facilities
  • ash-aggregate roads for forestry machines

The decree applies to the specified types of earthworks and associated temporary storage when the activities are based on a regulatory plan, permit, notification procedure or a local authority’s building code. In addition, the decree applies to road and rail refurbishment and upgrade projects specified by transport authorities, even if the associated plans are not regulatory plans or subject to an administrative decision. These include e.g. refurbishment projects of the Finnish Transport Agency and Finavia. The same applies to coordinated construction of roads for forestry machines, whether or not government assistance is received.

The decree does not apply to Class 1 and 2 groundwater areas, areas intended for housing or children’s playgrounds, nature conservation sites, food agriculture sites or inland flood zones. Waste materials can be used without an environmental permit if the quality management and utilisation of the waste is organised and reported to the environmental information database in accordance with the decree.

The use or temporary storage of waste can begin when the waste has been handed over to the owner of the site or storage facility.

A fee is charged for the service.

Recording the notice in the environmental information system incurs a charge. The fees are provided on the website: A government decree on the fee-based services of the ELY Centre, TE Offices and KEHA Centre.


Processing time

The ELY Centre will process the application without delay and notify the waste user, waste holder and the local environmental authority of whether the notice has been logged in the system.

Period of validity

The permit is valid until further notice.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 5/15/2020