Four waste categories per household
Four categories of waste will be collected in each household:
Efforts will be made to minimize number of waste bins
Bins will be replaced when implementation begins and the muncipailities and effort will be made to minimize the number of bins. However, increasing the number of bins at private residences may require changes to the waste storage or on the site.
All households will receive a basket and a paper bag for food scraps
Leftovers will be collected in paper bags that the local authorities provide to residents when the waste bin exchange takes place. The only change is that food scraps will now be sorted separately, whereas before they went together with mixed waste.
The basket under the paper bags fits easily into most kitchen cabinets.
These bags have been successfuly used in the Nordic countries and are crucial in making usable compost from food scraps. With the bags, residents get a basket to collect food scraps at home. But the basket ensures that there is air around the bag, which prevents possible leakage.
The principle is three waste bins for single detached houses
Residents don´t have to any plans for these change, other than to adopt to the new sorting system . Most detached houses will receive one new bin, divided into two chambers, one for food scraps and the other for mixed waste.
Existing bins will be relabeled for paper and plastic. If a household only has one bin, a split bin and a traditional bin are added, for a total of three bins.*
You can can see possible scenario in the attached picture
* For special solutions, such as more or fewer bins, residents should contact their municipality after distribution of waste bins is completed. It should be kept in mind that all households must be sort all household waste into four categories, regardless of the number of waste bins.
Arrangement for apartment buildings
There will be different arrangements for various apartment buildings, depending on how many inhabitants live in the building.
The main goal is to limit the number of bins as possible, but first and foremost to keep the number of bins unchanged.
Here you can see the possible versions of bins in the picture below; either four bins or larger trash containers with bins.
What do I need to sort
In the food scrap bin we throw f.e:
- Food scraps including bones
- Fish leftovers
In the plastic bin we throw f.e:
- Plastic from food packages
- Plastic film
- Plastic bags
- Shampoo containers
Paper and cardboard
In the paper bin we throw f.e:
- Paper bags
- Pizza boxes
- Paper wraps
In the bin for mixed waste we throw f.e:
- Sanitary towels
- Wet wipes
- Vacuum bags
Glass and metal packaging collected in nearby neighborhood containers.
In addition to the four-tier sorting system at homes, the number of neighbourhood containers will be increased.
- Glass, metals, textiles, bottles and cans will be collected at nearby neighbourhood container stations that will be located about 500 meters from each home.
- Larger neighbourhood stations will be about a kilometer away from each home, and there will be added containers for paper and cardboard, and plastic.
Questions and answers
Questions and answers about the new sorting system
Questions and answers about new waste bins
Questions and answers about collecting food scraps
When will I get bins?
Want to know more?
For more information about the new waste sorting system, you can contact your municipality: