Types of Waste

Odense Waste Management Ltd. operates 8 recycling stations for private households and smaller enterprises. The citizens sort their waste into more than 40 categories which all have their own container.

Recycling station Odense

In Odense it is easy to get rid of waste in the right way at the right place. Each neighbourhood has a station within only a few minutes drive. The recycling stations are all layed out as a horse shoe. The containers have signs which show exactly what to put in and what not to put in each container.

87 % is recycled

The inhabitants of Odense have reached one of the country's highest levels of recycling: 87 % of the bulky waste is recycled. The rest is incinerated for energy production and only a small percentage is landfilled.

From 5 to 40 waste fractions

Containers for the following fractions are available at the recycling stations. 40 different containers might seem overwhelming, but for the citizens of Odense it has become natural to sort the waste into many fraction. We started in late 1980s with 5 containers at each station and within those 30 years development in recycling technology has made it possible to recycle even more materials. 

Waste fractions at the recycling station

At the moment these are the waste fractions. However, as soon as a new buyer for a certain type of waste turns up and shows interest in recycling the waste, we are ready to consider putting in another container, if it benefits the environment.

1: Cd's, dvd's and video tapes

1A: Printer ink cartridges

2: Mixed paper

3: Books

4: Cardboard

7: Windows without frames

7: Windows with frames

8: Glass bottles and jars

9A: Small eletronic household devices 

9 B: Televisions and computer screens 

10: Metals

11: Big household machines

12: Soft plastic

13: Hard plastic 

14: Asbestos and eternit

16: Garden waste 

17: Carpets

18: Incinerables longer than 1 metre 

18A: Pure wood

19: Car tyres without rims

19: Car tyres with rims

20: Incinerables under 1 meter

21: Asphalt

22: Soil, sand and gravel

23: Gypsum

24: Disposal

25: Impregnated/pressure treated wood

26: Concrete and tile

26A: White toilettes and sinks

27: Reusable goods for humanitarian organizations 

28: Clothes and shoes for humanitarian organizations

29: Confident papers for shredding 

30: Accumulators - car batteries

31: Small batteries

32: Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

35: Bricks

37: Windows from cars

Hazardous waste