|From waste to gain|
For the past decades Danes have become more aware that our consumption patterns generate large amounts of waste, and many people wish to contribute to a better environment. Nevertheless, waste arisings have been almost constantly on the increase for the past many years. Therefore we must look at ways to utilise resources contained in the waste generated.
One of the key elements of the Danish waste system is source separation. This means that waste is separated at the place of generation. Consequently, residents and businesses are responsible for separating, for example, hazardous waste and recyclable fractions from other wastes.
Vestforbrænding receives 29 different waste fractions for recycling through our collection schemes and at the 24 recycling centres placed in the owner municipalities where residents bring their recyclable waste.
Recyclables are sent to different treatment facilities or sold directly to companies using them in the production of new products. Earnings from sale of recyclables go back to the municipalities to the benefit of residents.
Residents in the 19 Vestforbrænding owner municipalities thus have both environmental and economic interest in separating their waste and bring it to the multitude of recycling containers for glass, paper, cardboard etc. placed in the communities and at the recycling centres.