Different ways of collecting hazardous waste from households

Project information

Index: 1294R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location DENMARK DANMARK Odense Syddanmark Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1989

Topic of the practice

Waste management, hazardous waste, selective collection.

Good Practice Information

Hazardous waste is the most important waste fraction to get hold of through authorized channels, because small amounts in the wrong place can cause great damage to human beings or the environment. It must be easy for citizens to get rid of their hazardous waste. Therefore not just one, but four collection schemes have been established in Odense:
- on demand
- collection at blocks of flats
- delivery at 2 manned reception points only for hazardous waste
- delivery at civic amenity sites on certain weekends
Key success factors: infrastructure (red plastic boxes, special collection trucks, collection points), information on how to use the system, continuous awareness-raising
Financial resources: general household waste fee (3.3€/inh.) - justified by the extensive security measures

Evidence of success

The amounts of hazardous waste has been stable for many years – more or less 300 t/yr. The largest single waste fraction is paints and varnishes, which account for 66-75% of the total hazardous waste. The rest is a mix of acids, pesticides, spray cans, and various other chemicals.
Yearly customer satisfaction surveys show that citizens are very satisfied with the system and have few complaints.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Claus Hammerich

Odense Waste Management Company


www.odenserenovation.dk (in Danish) www.odensewaste.com (in English)

Annex completed on: 08-27-2014

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