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by Linda Bertelsen

Vestforbraending – Denmark’s most significant waste management and energy company

Vestforbraending lit its chimney for the first time in 1970, and in the 49 years since, we have grown into Denmark’s most significant waste management and energy company. Our primary focus is to harvest the substantial resource value in waste, whether for recycling or as fuel for energy production.

Environmental Commitment

Our environmental commitment is at the forefront of our activities, creating a consistent goal of developing and improving our systems to reflect this responsibility. Our progressive approach is one of curiosity and ambition, and we strive to refine our projects and processes to ensure a harmonious balance with our surroundings while maintaining effective and cost-efficient solutions.

Owners – 19 municipalities

Founded in 1970 on a “non-profit cost-coverage” principle, the owners of Vestforbraending consist of 19 municipalities in the Copenhagen area and Northern Zealand. We handle over 1 million tons of waste each year, encountering 25% of the Danish household waste. Roughly 350 employees tend to be approximately 950,000 people, including 60,000 businesses. This ownership model dictates our objective of maintaining a genuinely circular method of waste management. The close cooperation between Vestforbrænding and its owning municipalities makes securing waste resources directly at the source possible. Extracting waste value locally is the first step in a series of steps creating the Vestforbrænding waste orbit.

Circular value chain

Our circular value chain focuses on waste collection and sorting, resource harvesting and treatment, and green energy production. Collection, treatment, and recycling allow us to return the waste resources to our owning municipalities in their new forms of electricity, district heating, and products. Vestforbrænding’s dedication to improving our waste process means that we are continuously developing new technology and collaborating with Danish and international companies. Vestforbraending also runs nine recycling stations, reception plants, and an education center.

Interpersonal strategy

With several intricate core areas of operation, we rely heavily on an interpersonal strategy within our communities. Our initiatives success depends on how well our citizens engage with our services, which is why we sustain a close partnership with our municipalities and the many citizens we supply with power, heating, and waste collection.

Our strategy is simple: engage the “users.” By working with information campaigns and in-depth educational services, we can welcome people inside the world of waste. Our goal is to educate our community about waste collection and recycling and illuminate the impacts of waste on the world around us. This is why we have established four in-house “learning centers” that provide comprehensive, interactive, and age-appropriate learning opportunities for elementary and high school students. We have upwards of 25,000 visitors annually.


  • Combined heat and power production (CHP)
  • District heating
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy planning
  • Waste incineration




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Contact info

Ejby Mosevej 219, 2600 Glostrup, Denmark vestfor@vestfor.dk Tel: +45 4485 7000
Per Wulff
Head of Department, Energy
pw@vestfor.dk +45 4485 7163