Organizing the sorting at home
In the new waste sorting system Odense Waste Management will collect 6 different types of waste - glass & metal, paper & small cardboard, food waste and residual waste - divided into 4 compartments. It is important to organize the sorting in your home in a way that makes it easy for you in your daily life - and thereby help the enviroment by recycling more waste.
Sorting residual waste and food waste
Most people store the residual waste below the kitchen sink. Residual waste is the waste, that cannot be recycled, e.g. milk and juice cartons, pizza boxes, vacuum cleaner bags etc. Hence it is what is left, when we have sorted all recyclables or hazardous from the waste.
So far food waste has been part of the residual waste, but from now on food waste and residual waste must be sorted separately. This is done to make better use of the energy in the food waste by making it into biogas.
When your household switches to the new system you will receive a starter kit which contains a small green bucket and some green bags. These are to be used for the food waste like apple cores, banana peels, chicken bones etc. You can for instance place the bucket below the sink - and take it out when cooking. Also some stores sell waste racks with room for two or more types of waste. This way it is easy to sort out your food waste from the residual waste.
Tote bags and storage boxes
Tote bags are very practical for sorting your waste. If you live in a small house or appartment and lack storage space the bags can hang on a rack behind a door or in a closet - and it is easy to bring the bags with you when you take out the waste. Another possibility is to find nice storage boxes that look both decorative and are suitable for sorting at the same time. You can put stickers on the boxes to mark which type of waste goes where.