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Waste and recycling

Wondering what to do with your household waste? Here is a brief overview of the waste and recycling system in Odense.

Recycling and waste

Odense Renovation has recently been implementing a new waste sorting scheme in Odense. Please find information in English about the new sorting system here. You can also find the dates for waste collection at your specific address on their website (in Danish). 


For additional information, or in case you have any inquiries, you are welcome to write an e-mail to Odense Renovation's customer support at kundeservice@odenserenovation.dk.


Household waste collection

Household waste is usually collected every other week in standard bins provided by the Odense Waste Management Company. A calendar with the dates of collection is sent to each household every year and it is up to the household to ensure that waste is placed by the curb for pickup on the appropriate date.


Paper and cardboard

Each household also receives a separate bin for recyclable paper such as newspaper, magazines, envelopes, etc. Cardboard that is small in size can also be placed in the paper bin. Large pieces of cardboard can either be dropped off at a recycling station or ordered to be picked up separately as bulky waste. Wrapping paper and paper that has come in contact with food, such as milk cartons and pizza boxes, cannot be recycled.

Recycled paper is collected once a month alongside household waste. Dates for pickup are specified on the calendar for household waste collection.  


Glass, cans, and bottles

Each household receives a separate bin for glass, cans, and bottles to be placed by the curb for collection once a month. You can also take it to the Odense recycling station.  

Cans and plastic bottles with the 'pant' symbol on them can be brought to returning stations usually located at grocery stores. The money from the bottles and cans, indicated on the receipt you receive, can be redeemed at the store where the bottles and cans are returned.

Make sure to fully empty all glass, bottles, and cans before recycling them.

All other types of waste and recycling

All other types of waste or recyclable material can be taken to one of the eight recycling stations in Odense. A list of the different stations along with opening times can be found on Odense Renovation website (in Danish). Find a list of the various recycling stations located in the Odense area (in Danish).

If you have bulky waste that you are unable to transport to one of the recycling stations, you can contact the Odense Waste Management Company and set up a time for the bulky waste to be picked up. The order form for pickup is available here. You can set out up to six bulky items for pickup at a time, and use the service for up to two times a year. You must label each item with a tag, so that the team, coming to pick up your waste, knows what to take.

Read more about the Odense Waste Management Company. A comprehensive overview of the recycling system in Odense can be found on the Danish version of the company's website.