How to sort your waste

In the waste system we collect more types of waste at the households. Below you can learn how to sort your waste.

Up until October 2019 Odense Waste Management have only collected residual waste, paper and small cardboard at the households, but in the present system the collection of household waste is expanded to include the collection of glass, metal and food waste. This makes it easier for the individual household to dispose more types of waste for recycling - and consequently take better care of the environment by recycling more ressources from the waste. 



6 types of waste are collected

Most single-family households has a 2 x 240 L bins, each with 2 compartments:

  • 1 recycling bin for paper & small cardboard in one compartment and metal & glass in the other compartment
  • 1 food and residual waste bin where food waste is put in one compartment and residual waste in the other compartment.


At apartments, housing associations and other places with shared waste facilities the bins might have other shapes, sizes and designs, but the way we sort waste will be the same for everyone. 


August 2022: Collection of plastics and food & beverages cartons at the kerb 

As from August 2022, Odense Municipality and Odense Waste Management will expand the waste service,
so we collect ten waste fractions from all homes. The expansion means that in the future we will also collect plastics and food & beverage cartons at the kerb. The expansion is caused by the National Climate Plan from 2020 deciding, among others, that all local authorities must collect the same ten waste fractions.


How to sort

In the present system we collect more types of waste at the household. Read the sorting guide below the picture. 



Food waste

  • Rice, pasta and cheese
  • Vegetable and fruit - raw, boiled and peels
  • Tea leaves and coffee ground (with filters and bags)
  • Fish, meat and bones
  • Bread, cookies and cakes
  • Gravy and fat

Food waste must be put in bags - remember to tie a knot on the bag.


Residual waste

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Pizza boxes
  • Dirty paper and dirty plastic
  • Other packaging which cannot be scraped clean
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Diapers
  • Hygiene waste such as washcloths, cotton swaps and cotton pads

Residual waste must be put in bags - remember to tie a knot on the bag.



Paper and small cardboard - sorted in the same compartment

  • Newspapers, print advertisements and weekly magazines
  • Magazines and brochures
  • Office paper and window envelopes
  • Phone books
  • Boxes from cereal and oatmeal
  • Corrugated cardboard and carton
  • Cardboard cylinders from kitchen and toilet rolls
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Egg trays


Glass and metal - sorted in the same compartment

  • Bottles from wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Packaging from beers, coffee and jam (emptied and scraped)
  • Glass bottles from ketchup and dressings (emptied and scraped)
  • Beer and soft drink cans
  • Tin cans (emptied and scraped)
  • Tealight holders

  • Aluminum trays
  • Lids and caps


Batteries on the lid of your bin

For single-family households batteries can be placed in a clear bag on top of the bin on the collection day. At apartments the batteries must be put in the box on the side of the bin. Some places have other solutions for batteries. If you are in doubt ask the superintendent where you live.


What about plastic?

Initially, plastics for recycling are not collected at the households, but Odense Waste Management and Odense Municipality are working to create the basis for building a sorting facility that can sort the residual waste. The aim is to sort plastics from the residual waste by machine. The sorting facility can sort plastics by plastic types, which is crucial for increasing the recycling of plastics. In addition the facility can be adjusted to sort several other types of waste from the residual waste, such as textiles and milk cartons. Hence, the facility is a future-proof solution, that will allow us to follow developments in the industry and live up to higher requirements for recycling in the future.

Until we are ready with a solution for collecting plastics, the citizens must hand in plastics at the recycling stations.