Disposal of waste when living in a detached or terraced house

Copenhagen Municipality provides waste bins and also collects your waste. Some bins are mandatory to use on your property, and some bins are optional. If you deselect the optional bins, you must dispose of the recyclable waste concerned at a recycling station. For more information on recycling stations, see below.

Property owners will be charged for the waste handling service via the property tax bill. Included in this fee is access to all recycling stations and collection points, where recyclable waste also can be disposed of. If you are a tenant, the property owner may charge you via the rent.

Disposal of waste when living in a block of flats

Copenhagen Municipality provides waste bins and also collects your waste. You can find the bins in the courtyard, and many blocks of flats have a caretaker, whom you can ask for information and advice about handling your household waste.

Property owners will be charged for the waste handling service via the property tax bill. Included in this fee is access to all recycling stations and collection points, where recyclable waste also can be disposed of. If you are a tenant, the property owner may charge you via the rent. For more information on recycling stations, see below.

Nem affaldsservice - find more information and contact us

Nem Affaldsservice is your gateway to information on waste handling at your residence (find collection dates, order optional or extra bins, report a problem etc.). Type in your address to get started in Nem Affaldsservice (in Danish).

Recycling stations and local collection points

All residents of Copenhagen can freely dispose of recyclable waste at a recycling station or a collection point. The latter is smaller, only accepts certain recyclable waste categories, and is accessible by foot only. Both types are staffed and most have a “swap stand” where you can donate or collect items still usable. Find a recycling station or a collection point near you

Public glass containers

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. Find a glassbin near you.

Hazardous waste truck - additional collection of hazardous waste

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 (pdf file in Danish). 

How to return recyclable deposit-refund system bottles

In Denmark there is a deposit on most containers for carbonated soft drinks, water, beer and wine coolers.  The deposit encourages the consumer to return the empty beverage container for recycling and thus prevents improper disposal and littering. The amount of deposit varies dependent on the type of beverage container.

You can return bottles and cans included in the deposit-refund system by using a reversed vending machine found at most supermarkets. The machine prints a receipt, which can be refunded for its monetary value by the store. Kiosks and other smaller shops may also have a take-back service.