62 to 66 percent: Danes recycle more domestic and imported waste

Source: State of Green

Copenhagen, Denmark – New figures from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency shows that Danes have become better at sending more waste to recycling and less to incineration.The Waste Statistic 2013 describes the amount of waste produced in Denmark including how the waste was treated. The overall recycling rate for all types of waste has increased from 62 percent to 66 percent in the period 2011 to 2013. The recycling rate for waste from the Danish households alone has risen from 37 percent in 2011 to 41percent in 2013, which shows that waste resources are better exploited than hitherto.

Main results from the Waste Statistic 2013 include:

  • The total waste production in Denmark is, excluding soil, around 11.1 million tonnes.
  • The overall recycling rate has increased from 62 percent to 66 percent in the period 2011-2013.
  • The total recycling of household waste has increased from 37 percent in 2011 to 41 percent in 2013.
  • The recycling rate for the 2022 Resource Strategy’s targets for seven selected waste fractions from households, was in 2013 28 percent, which is an increase compared to 25 percent in 2011 and 26 percent in 2012.
  • The amount of Danish-produced waste going to incineration has decreased in the period 2011 to 2013. This is mainly due to an increase in the recycling of waste from households in the same period.
  • Import of waste to the Danish incinerators increased in the period 2011-2013 from 16,000 to 158,000 tonnes.
  • 66 percent of the sewage plants’ sludge was in 2013 reused on farmland.
  • Detailed data on waste from the service sector is for the first time presented. The sector’s overall recycling rate was 54 percent in 2013.
  • Industrial waste production has remained largely unchanged over the period 2011-2013.

Author: Anne Vestergaard Andersen

Source: State of Green / Ministry of Environment and Food