Recycling & Reuse
Why not consider waste as a resource, which can be reused and recycled, instead of something to throw away? Denmark calls for a global transformation of the mindset of waste management, where focus is placed on resources rather than waste.
Waste – a valuable resource
Why use new, virgin raw materials, when you can reuse old, already processed resources?
By reusing or recycling waste, the resource efficiency is increased, thereby saving the environment from pollution and harmful emissions. For example, recycling 1 tonne of aluminium instead of extracting new aluminium can save up to 10 tonnes of CO2 globally.
Transformation: The age of recycling
Today far too many valuable materials end in waste incineration plants or landfills around the world. This calls for a transformation of the way waste is managed. In Denmark this transformation has already begun.
New and innovative technologies for waste collection, sorting and treatment will play an important part of this transformation process.
Double up on recycling in Denmark
In the future, Denmark will not just be separating waste already separated today, such as paper, cardboard and glass; focus will also be on other household waste, including food waste. The Danish Government has set a goal that 50 % of Danish household waste is recycled by 2022.