Types of Waste

Almost any type of waste from a household can be disposed of in one of the 42 containers at the recycling stations.

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.



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

7A: Windows with frames

7B: Windows without frames

7C: Double-glazed windows wiht PCB

8: Glass bottles and jars

9A: Small eletronic household devices

9 B: Televisions and computer screens

10: Metals

10A: Beverage bins

11A: Big household machines

11B: Fridges, freezers and refridgeration equipment

12: Plastic bags and plastic wraps 

13: Hard plastic

14: Asbestos and eternity

16: Garden waste

17: Felt rooofing

18: Matress, carpets and furnitures made from wood

18A: Pure wood

19: Car tyres with or without rims

20: Small combustibles under 1 metre

21: Asphalt

22: Soil, sand and gravel

23: Gypsum

24: Waste for landfilling

24A: Mineral wool

25: Impregnated/pressure treated wood

26: Concrete and tile

26A: White toilettes and sinks

26B: Demolition waste with PCB

27: Reusable goods for humanitarian organizations

28: Clothes and shoes for humanitarian organizations

29: Confident papers for shredding

30: Accumulators - car batteries

31: Batteries

32: Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

32A: Low energy light bulbs

34: Wires and cables

35: Only bricks

36: Textiles

Hazardous waste