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Danish neighbourhood creates its own Agenda 21

Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

In Hyldespjældet, an estate of 400 flats in Albertslund west of Copenhagen, residents sort their own waste in a common recycling yard. Not into two, three or four fractions, but about 40. The 800 residents of Hyldespjældet have adopted their own Local Agenda 21, which says that they will sort their rubbish into as many fractions as they can find anyone willing to take.

This is just one of many goals set out in the plan. They also intend to reduce their consumption of elkectricity by 10 % and of district heat by half over the 1995-2010 period, and are well on the way to achieving the latter aim. The Agenda 21 document bans chemical fertilisers and pesticides from the whole estate, and encourages residents to keep thir own hens. Hens were in fact the beginning of it all. Around 1990, there was a major conflict between residents who wanted their own henhouse, and others who felt thet hens belonged down on the farm and nowhere else. By the time the hen fans finally won - which took two years - the "greenies" on the estate had got to know each other quite well, and started to get other projects moving.

Today there are not only some 8-10 henhouses and a recycling yard in Hydespjældet, but also sheep, two hectares of organic vegetable gardens, composting facilities, urine separating toilets, green roofs, a forest playground, a swap shop and a largely organic café.

The Agenda 21 plan was first adopted and has since been updated annually by a residents' meeting. The tenth version, adopted in 2004, sums up their achievements so far and promises further efforts.

All the projects, from the café to the recycling yard, are run by groups of volunteers among the residents. They have changed the social environment of Hyldespjældet as much as the physical. The many active volunteers have not just got to know each other, but also created a whole series of meeting-places which less active residents enjoy as well. In 10 years, the annual turnover of residents has been reduced from 30 % to 10 %, and there is now a waiting list of people who want to move in. There are economic benefits as well - because of waste reduction, energy and water conservation, rents are some 6-8 % lower than they otherwise would have been.

Since 1995, at least 13 of the 51 other neighbourhoods in Albertslund have followed the example of Hyldespjældet by adopting their own Agenda 21 plans.

sustainable consumption
ecological education
waste management

Objectives of the Good Practice

The Agenda 21 document indends to reduce their consumption of electricity by 10% and of district heat by half over the 1995-2010 period, to sort waste
The Agenda 21 document bans chemical fertilisers and pesticides from the whole estate, and encourages residents to keep thir own hens.

Participants of the Good Practice

local authorities of the district Albertslund
citizens

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Povl Markussen
Agenda Center Albertslund
Address Kanalens kvarter 32, DK-2620 Albertslund, Denmark
Telephone +45-43 62 20 15
Telefax +45-43 62 90 15
E-mail albertslund@agendacenter.dk
WEB-address http://www.agendacenter.dk/

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken
http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 9, 2009)