Resource efficiency – a Danish approach

Date: 27/10/2014

A world without waste is not just wishful thinking. And the solutions are already here. Let’s rethink the waste system.

With 9 billion people sharing the planet by 2050, we have to find new ways to manage our production, design and consumption patterns. Importantly, waste is not just waste. Waste is a resource. For instance, from a waste to energy perspective, 1 bag of household waste can be converted into 3,5 hours of electricity and nearly 4 hours of district heating.

But to fully unleash the potential of waste, we need to recycle more and incinerate less, hence capturing the value and resources embedded in it. That is the Danish approach, and Denmark has set a goal of doubling the recycling rate for paper, cardboard, glass, metals, plastics, wood and organic waste from households in less than 10 years.

Indeed, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Source: State of Green