Landfill aftercare

The former landfill of Odense, Stige Island Dump, was closed in 1994. Stige Island Dump is located in unique surroundings by Odense Canal and Fiord. The former dump has successfully been developed into a recreational area for the benefit of the citizens of Odense.

The Stige Island offers a variety of outdoor activities such as mountain bike tracks, dirt jump tracks, bonfires, playgrounds, hills for all year sledging and of course tracks for walking while enjoying the wildlife on and around the island.

Stige Island Dump has been used for dumping waste for 27 years. Its 54 hectares hold 10 million m3 of solid waste. It was closed for reception of waste in 1994.  Until 2006 the landfill was slowly redeveloped, and during this period it was covered with a layer of least 1 meter of clean soil in a creative way to develop a hilly and varied landscape.
Beneath the cover soil, biological processes in the dumped waste are continuously producing gas. Stige Island has the largest dump gas plant in Denmark, collecting the gas and converting it to electricity and district heating via a combined heat and power plant. The gas covers the annual electricity requirements of approximately 2.300 households and annual heat requirements of nearly 400 households.

Stige Island has been extremely well received as a recreational area by the public and has become a favorite for family and school picnics, runners and other nature lovers.