Meeting the EU recycling targets by introducing a 2-compartment bin to households

Morten Bang Jensen, Charlotte Scheutz, Jacob Møller

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Abstract

A Danish municipality has introduced a 2-compartment bin in the waste collection scheme, this bin should increase recycling of dry household recyclables. An excessive waste sorting campaign was conducted and the efficiency of the bin assessed. The waste sorting campaign yielded a full waste composition with focus on the dry recyclables, and it was used to determine wheter the 2-compartment bin could fulfill the EU recycling targets for 2020. Only 2 of 4 calculation methods for meeting the EU targets were applicable and only one of these fulfilled the EU target. Eventhough the EU recycling targets can be fulfilled, there is still room for improvement (increase source separation), especially for hard plastic and metals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSardinia 2013 - 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium - Cagliari, Italy
Duration: 30 Sep 20134 Oct 2013
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Conference

ConferenceSardinia 2013 - 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
CountryItaly
CityCagliari
Period30/09/201304/10/2013
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Jensen, M. B., Scheutz, C., & Møller, J. (2013). Meeting the EU recycling targets by introducing a 2-compartment bin to households. Paper presented at Sardinia 2013 - 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Cagliari, Italy.