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Copenhagen's waste plan 2008


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Copenhagen has taken an innovative and adaptive approach to waste management. Its motto is — less waste, more separation. The system works because it it's flexible — taking into consideration the differing needs and habits of every citizen and business around the clock. For example, people can return paint waste to the paint shop or medicine waste to the pharmacy. Waste drop off points are local and have flexible hours of operation. The system has reduced CO2 emissions by 40,000 tons CO2 and generated 1,000,000 MWh of additional energy — enough to power 70,000 homes annually — by turning waste to energy.

waste management
good governance

Objectives of the Good Practice

to create a flexible system of waste management

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Copenhagen

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

City of Copenhagen

More Details of the Good Practice

Copenhagen's "Waste Plan 2008" is a detailed plan to reduce waste and improve management over the period of 2005-08. The Plan is revised every four years and covers a twelve-year period to ensure it delivers long-term solutions. It is very flexible and is constantly adapting to input from businesses and the community. The City has five objectives for waste management:

   1. There must be less waste and less hazardous substances in the waste.
   2. Waste resources must be better utilized, reducing the amount of waste to be incinerated and put in landfill
   3. As much of the environment must be protected as possible for the money
   4. The waste system must be adapted to the city
   5. The waste system must be logical and well known

Available files

Data sources and references

C40 Cities - Climate leadership Group
(Accessed June, 18, 2010)