Bio waste (Bioaffald)

Organic waste

Examples of organic waste that should go into your green organic bin:

  • Food waste, raw or cooked
  • Rice, pasta 
  • Meat, fish, bones
  • Bread and cakes
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Sauce and oil
  • Spreads e.g. cream cheese
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Nuts and nut shells
  • Coffee grounds and coffee filters
  • Tea leaves and tea filters
  • Used paper towels
  • Cut flowers

You can order a new green organic bin or new biodegradable bags for free if you live in the municipality of Copenhagen. 


Bulky waste (Storskrald)

Bulky waste

Examples of bulky waste:

  • Furniture, shelves and carpets
  • Window glass and mirrors (must be properly wrapped so that they do not cause injury)
  • PVC
  • Construction waste made of wood, glass, plastic or metal
  • Bicycles (must be marked with a note with the text "fjernes af renovatøren")

Cardboard (Pap)


Examples of recyclable cardboard:

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Packaging boxes of toothpaste, washing power, dishwasher tablets, energy saving lamps, batteries, etc
  • Cereal boxes, egg trays, packaging boxes for toys
  • Shoe boxes
  • Postcards 

Used pizza boxes, juice cartons and milk cartons should be disposed as residual waste.

Electronic waste (Elektronik)


Examples of recyclable electronics:

  • All items with a cord and/or are powered by batteries or solar cells
  • Small kitchen appliances such as stick blenders and microwave ovens
  • Cell phones
  • Chargers
  • Electronic toys
  • Television
  • Appliances such as freezers, stove and washing machines

Garden waste (Haveaffald)

Garden waste

Examples of garden waste:

  • Plants 
  • Fallen fruits 
  • Branches from pruning 

Glass (Glas)

Glass jar

Examples of recyclable glass:

  • All types of glass, jars and bottles (coloured and clear glass)
  • Bottles with or without lids
  • Drinking glasses

If you don’t have access to a municipal glass bin at your residence, you can dispose of recyclable glass at a recycling station or by using one of our 550 public glass containers. 

Click here to find a glassbin near you.

Hazardous waste (Farligt affald)

Hazardous waste

Examples of hazardous waste:

  • Paints, solvents and chemicals
  • Energy saving lamps and LED lights 
  • Batteries

If you don’t have access to a municipal scheme for handling hazardous waste at your residence, you can hand it over to the Hazardous Waste Truck, which is a monthly mobile collection service. 

Find out when the Hazardous Waste Truck arrives at a street near you (in Danish). 




Examples of recyclable metal:

  • Coffee and tea boxes
  • Food cans
  • Metal candlesticks
  • Magazine holders
  • Curtain clips
  • Storage boxes
  • Cutlery made of metal
  • Cookware
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers, pliers, nails, screws, metal hooks and door handles

Since metal is melted at a very high temperature, it is ok to recycle metal items with some wood or plastic attached to them. 

Paper (Papir)


Examples of recyclable paper:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertisements
  • Envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Books
  • Office paper

Paper and cardboard should be clearly separated for recycling.  

Plastic (Plast)

Plastic waste

Plastic waste should be free from food residue and liquid.

Examples of recyclable plastic:

  • Containers and canisters for dishwashing liquid/detergents
  • Containers for storing good
  • Plastic trays and bags from meat, fish or vegetables
  • Drink bottles and plastic bottles without a deposit mark
  • Cookware, toolboxes and cutlery made of plastic 

Residual waste (Restaffald)

residual waste

Residual waste is incinerated and used to produce district heating and electricity.

Examples of residual waste:

  • Milk or juice cartons 
  • Pizza boxes 
  • Diapers
  • Sanitary waste
  • Packaging fillers