Utilising the potential of waste while limiting the amount of waste that goes to landfill
Traditionally, waste has only been considered a health hazard and an environmental problem. Today, however, waste is considered a potential resource for the production of nutrients for agriculture and as a source of energy.
As the global population increases so does the consumption of goods and the creation of waste. Successful waste management is about utilising the potential of waste by increasing recycling and reuse of materials while limiting the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
Denmark has an ambitious national strategy that aims at recycling 50 per cent more waste by 2020 and to increase utilisation of waste as a resource.
We invite you to explore waste-related solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how waste-related technologies can help solve your waste issues.
60 per cent of all microplastics come from car tyres on the roads. In a new project, the Danish Road Directorate and Aalborg University are testing a new method to remove microplastics along a busy Danish motorway – and the preliminary results are very promising.
Instead of drinking a soda at a café, going on summer holiday abroad or toasting in draught beer, the Danes moved the consumption of beverages home. This is clearly noticeable in the figures. In 2020, 19 per cent more cans and bottles were returned compared to the previous year, an increase far beyond the usual.
The Inland Bioenergy anaerobic digestion facility in Chino, operated by ES Engineering, has capacity to process up to 200,000 gallons/day of liquid food waste. Four 15,000-gallon tanks receive macerated commercial food waste from various sources. Those contents feed into a 140,000-gallon equalization tank, which in turn feeds one of two 1.2 million gallon anaerobic digesters. […]
In recent years, Eldan has seen an increased interest from the US in especially cable recycling, mainly due to the Chinese import ban on low grade cable scrap. One of these companies was Colorado Industrial Recyclers (CIR) – https://coloradoindustrialrecycling.com/ CIR was an established scrap yard that processed many different types of scrap, but they sold […]
The Danish capital’s utilities, including Ørsted, ARC, Hofor and Vestforbrænding, have set up a new carbon capture and storage consortium, “C4”. The partners aim to capture 3 million tonnes of CO2 per year, which is approx. 15 per cent of the reductions needed to realise the Danish 2030 climate target.
San Francisco successfully reduced overflowing waste by 80%, cut down on illegal dumping by 64%, and reduced the number of street cleaning requests by 66% thanks to smart sensors and data insights provided by the Nordsense solution.
Combating Marine Pollution & Protecting Waters! DESMI is a world leader in solutions for combating marine pollution in the oceans and environmental solutions around the globe. Marine & Aquatic debris, garbage and trash is one of the most widespread solvable pollution problems plaguing the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes. Successful waste management, floating garbage collection […]
Sustainable heating for producing 1.8 mio. chickens every year The aim of this new straw system from Linka Energy is to provide stable and sustainable heat to the farm’s chicken production facility. 1.8 mio. broilers are produced every year across the 6 sheds, which for optimum breading purposes have an inhouse temperature of between 24°C […]
Straw-fired plant for CO2-neutral district heating. In 2020, Sønderborg Forsyning commissioned a new Linka straw-fired heating plant and began the process of decommissioning the six gas-fired heating facilities it was replacing. The plant comprises a 10 MW thermal biomass boiler using sustainable locally sourced straw which meets the full capacity that Sønderborg Forsyning needs to […]
A consortium consisting of ten project partners has received funding for the three-year ‘DecomBlades’ project, which seeks to provide basis for commercialisation of sustainable techniques for recycling wind turbine blades.
The world’s first waste-free society. This is what the Bornholm-based waste company BOFA, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (DSNC) and global food company Nestlé are working to create on the Danish island of Bornholm in an ambitious pilot project to reuse and recycle plastic packaging. The partnership is part of BOFA’s new development platform, Zero Waste Bornholm, and their hope is to share scalable knowledge and technologies with partners in and outside of Denmark.
Our company was taking part in finishing the electrical installations on the world’s biggest mobile arch (New Safe Confinement, or NSC) in Chernobyl, Ukraine, which replaced the old shelter over the nuclear reactors and is now securing the area from nuclear radiation for the coming 100 years.
In 2018, Danish Agro has invested in a new biomass-fired steam plant, which saves the environment tons of CO₂ and contributes to a significant financial saving for the concern. Background The grower group on Nordfyn, which produces feed, had a desire for a new heating plant. With an increased focus on energy efficiency, the environment […]
From 1 January 2021, Danish citizens must pay a minimum of 4 kroner (EUR 0.54) for a plastic carrier bag. At the same time, lightweight plastic bags will be banned. This is part of the Danish government’s strategy to bring down the consumption of plastic carrier bags and increase recycling.
An additional 72 cities and municipalities around the world are joining “Race to Zero”, a global campaign to mobilise cities, businesses, regions, and investors around a green and just recovery ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. A record-high 46 Danish municipalities have joined, so now a total of 66 Danish municipalities are in the race.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
Food & Bio Cluster Denmark is a globally acting association in the food and bio-resource sector with nationwide service and international cooperation with companies and knowledge institutions within the group of more than 250 members.
The amount of residual waste after recycling has made the UK Government rethink the utilization scheme of recycling byproducts. Incentives towards Waste-to-Energy (WtE) have brought attractive solutions and opportunities for both the Government and investors.
Traditionally, almost all briquetting was made from wood residues. This was primarily because the wood briquette presses were invented in Europe and there was a demand for wood fuel. If you want to invest in a wood briquette machine, there are many things to consider: Is it a good business to produce wood briquettes? What is […]
If everyone were to live the way we do in Denmark, three complete Planet Earths would be required. It already takes nature a little over 18 months to restore the resources consumed by the world population in just one year. That’s why we need to rethink the way we consume. And there’s no time to […]
This Waste Prevention Strategy deals with how we can produce and consume using fewer resources. Products can be designed better from the start so that they are manufactured with fewer resources and substances of concern. This generates less waste, and once we have finished using the products, we can recycle the materials in the manufacture […]
This publication is the outcome of a yearlong exchange of knowledge and experience between Denmark and New York, initiated by State of Green and implemented in collaboration with Danish Cleantech Hub in New York. The core of the project was a week-long circular site visit tour to Denmark for a group of selected New Yorkers […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
In 2014, the Danish government decided to allocate a pool of money for pilot projects that would combine the promotion of green transition and the creation of green jobs in Denmark. This was decided due to the fact that Denmark has many unemployed academics, who are ready to contribute to the established labor market with their many resources. Project “Green Change […]
Kolding Municipality is one of 10 Danish municipalities, which are going to support a sustainable future through education aimed at the 0-20 year olds. The aim of the project is for the municipalities to create local “Green Generation Strategies” to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The project runs until the end of 2016, where a Green […]
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
Soil is literally the foundation on which we will build a sustainable future. Despite this, soil is contaminated, exploited, and degraded all over the world. Insides this White Paper is an overview of the Danish sector for soil and groundwater remediation and the companies which contribute to its development.
The project “Waste Taste” addresses how primary fruit, vegetable, and berry producers can use vacuum-drying to avoid or reduce their food waste. This is done by converting the waste into valuable food ingredients and new products via an energy-efficient vacuum-drying technique. The project will investigate the food waste from primary producers, such as the waste […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
Removing contamination from the soil is expensive. For this reason, the Capital Region is working together with companies and researchers to develop new methods. One promising method is to run a low electrical voltage through contaminated boulder clay, add “bacteria food” (reactants) and bacteria to eat the contamination. This method uses up to 25% less […]
Do something about the energy resources As the world’s population grows and emerging economies expands rapidly, global demand and competition for energy are set to intensify in the decades to come. This will probably drive up prices of the world’s finite oil and other fossil fuel resources. Our energy resources are concentrated largely in a […]
We incinerate an enormous amount of waste in Denmark; waste which we could get much more out of by more recycling and better recycling. Now, we are going to change this. The Government has set a goal that in 2022 we will be recycling 50 % of our household waste. This means that we will […]
Copenhagen assumes its share of the responsibility for climate change with the CPH 2025 Climate Plan. We want to show that it is possible to combine growth, development and increased quality of life with the reduction of CO2 emissions. It is all about finding solutions that are smarter, greener, healthier and more profitable. And by 2025 we will be able […]
In many countries, far too many valuable materials end up in waste incineration plants or landfills instead of being reused. Many technological, knowledge-based and political solutions to increase recycling of waste already exist, including waste separation technologies, transfer of surplus materials between enterprises, policy frameworks and recycling targets. As one of the most waste-producing countries in the world, Denmark has been motivated to take action. The Danish government has decided to change the course of action for waste management through an ambitious waste management policy, which focuses on more waste recycling and improving the quality of the recycled material. Highlighted targets include 50 per cent more recycling of waste by 2020, increased waste separation and removal of hazardous substances from material sent for recycling.
Denmark has incinerated waste for more than 100 years and for most of that time utilised the derived energy to produce power and/or heat – the latter mostly as district heating. The waste burned in incineration plants is mostly biomass with low fossil carbon content, which contributes to an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the valuable contribution to non-fossil energy production in Denmark, incineration entails a loss of materials and resources, which could have been recycled. Consequently, the Danish government has presented a new strategic approach to waste – encouraging recycling over incineration. By 2022, 50 per cent more household waste will be recycled instead of incinerated.
Denmark is home to technology providers across the entire waste management system from collection and sorting, through treatment, recycling, incineration and landfilling. Moreover, as a result of continuous development of waste strategies in close cooperation with the industry and academia, policy-makers in Denmark has accumulated vast experience on developing a more efficient and responsible waste system for the benefit of citizens, business and the environment.
For further information on waste, please contact Malene Bering Beitzel, Project Manager, [email protected]