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Waste and recycling in Aarhus

Your waste makes a difference. It contains different resources that can be reused.

In the city of Aarhus, you must sort your waste into four types and dispose of it in the waste bins where you live.

You can also dispose your waste at one of the 6 recycling stations or get your bulky waste collected for free. 

Kvinde afleverer glas og plast i nedgravet beholder til genanvendeligt affald.

How to sort your waste

The waste from your household must be sorted into these four types before you dispose it in the waste bins near your home.

Residual waste

  • Milk cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Butter tubs
  • Clingfilm
  • Food waste
  • Sanitary waste
  • Tubes
  • Crisp packets
  • Coffee bags
  • Pizza boxes

Glass, hard plastics og metal

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Broken glass
  • Glass from cosmetics
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic canisters
  • Plastic lids
  • Beer and soft drink cans
  • Food cans
  • Metal lids
  • Foil trays
  • Tin/aluminium foil

Paper og small cardboard items

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Flyers
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Cardboard trays
  • Cardboard pieces

Batteries

  • Household batteries

  • Button cell batteries

  • Rechargeable batteries

 

Find your recycling station

At the 6 recycling stations in Aarhus you will find different containers for different kinds of waste.

There will be signs and staff at the recycling stations to guide you on how to sort your waste.

Medarbejdere på genbrugsstationen står ved plast sorteringen

Get your bulky waste picked up for free

If you have your own bulky waste system where you live, you must of course use that.

If not, we will collect your bulky waste at your front door - for free. All you need to do is to book a collection in advance.

Read more about which kinds of bulky waste we collect.

To unge mennesker sætter storskrald ud foran deres opgang

Too good to throw out?

REUSE is an alternative recycling station.

You can pick up items and furniture for free as well as donate the items you no longer need, but still in a good condition. 

Ungt par kører på ladcykel med møbler fra REUSE

Download guides and information

English

One-page sorting guide

One-page sorting guide

Download the one-page sorting guide, hang it on your bulletin board or refrigerator and you will always have these specifications right in sight:

  • Residual waste
  • Paper and small cardboard
  • Glass, plastic and metal

Sorting guides

Sorting guides

Download the sorting guides and put it on the waste bins for great waste sorting 

  • Residual waste
  • Paper and small cardboard
  • Glass, plastic and metal

Footprints - Residual waste

Footprints - Residual waste

Download PDF with footprint to nudge for proper sorting of residual waste.

Includes both right and left foot

The file contain cropmarks.

Footprints - Paper and small cardboard items

Footprints - Paper and small cardboard items

Download PDF with footprint to nudge for proper sorting of paper and small cardboard items.

Includes both right and left foot

The file contain cropmarks.

Footprints - Glass, hard plastics and metal

Footprints - Glass, hard plastics and metal

Download PDF with footprint to nudge for proper sorting of glass, hard plastics and metal.

Includes both right and left foot

The file contain cropmarks.

Do you know PANT?

'Pant' is a Danish system for recycling cans and bottles. Each time you buy drinks in cans or bottles with a deposit mark, you pay a deposit named 'pant'. 

You get your deposit back by returning empty cans and bottles using reversed vending machines in your local supermarket.

The Danish deposit mark is a series of dots under two arrows in a circle. The letter in the deposit mark indicates how much you pay and therefore how much you will get back when returning the bottle.