By contrast to other EU Member States, household waste and industrial waste is treated in one and the same waste system in Denmark, and local authorities are responsible for the system.
Local authorities are responsible for collection and treatment of waste for incineration and landfill in compliance with national rules. Local authorities prepare regulations in the field and are responsible for ensuring treatment capacity of waste to be incinerated or landfilled.
Collection of household waste takes place at three levels:
- Collection from the household
- Collection in the community (waste islands and igloos)
- Collection in the district (recycling centres)