Denmark without waste

We are well aware of waste as a consequence of economic activity in society. The more vigorous the economy, the more waste we produce.

However, waste can contain materials and resources which it can make sense to recycle. Denmark has come a long way in environmentally responsible waste management and in waste incineration.

However, Denmark is also one of the countries in Europe producing the most waste per inhabitant. In 2011 Danish households produced 447 kg of waste per person. This corresponds to every Dane throwing away more than 8 kg of waste every week.

Therefore the Government has a vision that Denmark will protect its resources and materials, and recycle more household waste, while incinerating less. This will entail more materials being sent back into the economic cycle with benefits for the environment. At the same time it is important to organise efforts cost-effectively and appropriately in a societal context.

Denmark without Waste is a Denmark in which, in the long term, we will recycle much more and incinerate much less waste. The same applies for landfilling, which
in the long term we will only use for materials which
are uneconomical to recycle or incinerate.

Denmark without waste (pdf)