Denmark values waste as a resource

The Danish Ministry of the Environment launches resource strategy for Denmark. More recycling and less incineration are the main points in the new strategy.

The message from the Danish Minister of the Environment, Ida Auken is clear: To perceive waste as a resource that can be recycled, thus making Denmark a waste-free society. In the future, Denmark must incinerate and deposit less waste and become better at utilising the value and resources embedded in it.

- We must recycle more and incinerate less. It is my mission to make Denmark a waste-free society that recycles as many materials as possible. That is why we must sort our trash so we can extract the value from the waste. It is good for the environment and it can create new jobs and business opportunities, says Minister of the Environment Ida Auken.

From waste to value
The resource strategy means that Denmark will incinerate less waste and significantly increase recycling as well as improve the quality of the recycling process. The strategy will also help generate jobs in the waste sector and form a Danish stronghold within waste management.

The resource strategy entails that Denmark:

  • Recycles six times as much organic waste from households by 2022
  • Recycles twice as much household trash by 2022
  • Utilises four times as much food waste from restaurants and food stores to biogas by 2018
  • Reuses one fourth more of paper-, cardboard-, glass-, metal- and plastic packaging in the service sector by 2018
  • Removes the environmentally harmful materials from construction waste
  • Collects 75% of all electronics from households by 2018
  • Reuses or utilises 70% of the shredder waste for a source of energy by 2018