A new recycling strategy has been unveiled for Denmark, in which it plans to recycle more of its organic and electronic waste, and send less to be burned for energy and heat.
The Danish Government has set aside 200m kroner to support the development of new recycling technologies and to help its councils implement new recycling initiatives, with the aim of increasing organic waste recycling from its current 22 percent to 50 percent by 2022. In the service sector it has set even tougher targets, with a rise from the current 17 percent to 60 percent by 2018.
Ida Auken, Danish environment minister – “Rubbish is full of value that we currently just burn, and that doesn’t make any sense in a world where the battle for resources is getting tougher and tougher.”
The Danes are currently ranked 8th in the EU recycling tables, but it is the leading country in “burning” its waste to generate heat and energy, with a 55 percent rate. It is this 55 percent that its environment minister, Ida Auken, has stated is a waste of its resources.
“Rubbish is full of value that we currently just burn, and that doesn’t make any sense in a world where the battle for resources is getting tougher and tougher. That’s why we are changing our approach to trash so that we burn less and reuse more,” he is reported as saying in The Copenhagen Post.
The strategy will also include providing households and businesses with more sorting bins, while a focus on electronic waste will also feature prominently when the recycling improvement strategy is turned into specific legislature to be presented to parliament next month.