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Waste and recycling in Aarhus

Your waste makes a difference. It contains different resources that can be reused.

In the city of Aarhus, you must sort your waste into different types and dispose it in the waste bins where you live.

You can also dispose your waste at one of the 6 recycling stations or get your bulky waste picked up for free. 

For everyone living in Aarhus

How to sort your waste

The waste from your household must be sorted into these types before you dispose it in the waste bins near your home.

Glass and metal

  • Non-deposit bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vitamin bottles
  • Pieces of glass
  • Food tins
  • Metal caps
  • Foil trays
  • Drinking cans

Plastics, food- and beverage cartons

  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic tubes
  • Plastic bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Milk cartons
  • Yoghurt cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Food cartons

Paper, cardboard and textile waste

  • Newspapers
  • Advertisement magazines
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Egg trays

Use transparent tied bags for textile waste: 

  • Worn out clothing and fabrics

Food waste

  • Expired food
  • Coffee grinds
  • Egg shells
  • Small bones
  • Old floral bouquets

Residual waste

  • Pizza boxes
  • Ash and cigarette stubs
  • Hygiene waste
  • Crisp and coffee bags
  • Empty tubes
  • Vacuum cleaner bags

Hazardous waste

  • Spray cans
  • Chemical bottles
  • Left-over paint
  • Small electronic items
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries


Find your recycling station

At the 6 recycling stations in Aarhus you will find different containers for different types of waste.

There will be signs and staff at the recycling stations to guide you on how to sort your waste.

Medarbejdere på genbrugsstationen står ved plast sorteringen

Get your bulky waste picked up for free

If you have a bulky waste system where you live, you must use that.

If not, we will pick up your bulky waste at your front door - for free. All you need to do is to book a pick up-appointment in advance.

Read more about which kinds of bulky waste we collect.

To unge mennesker sætter storskrald ud foran deres opgang

Too good to throw away?

If your used things and furniture can be used by others, consider dropping them off at Genbrug (Reuse) at the recycling station, at Nærgenbrugsstationen, in Bytteboxen or at a thrift store.

Or give it away online.

Download guides and information

One-page sortering guide

Download the one-page sorting guide and hang it on your bulletin board or refrigerator. Then you will always have these specifications right in sight:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass and metal
  • Plastics, food- and beverage cartons
  • Food waste
  • Residual waste
  • Hazardous waste
Download sorting poster

20-page sorting guide

Download the 20-page sorting guide and get a quick and easy overview of:

  • How to sort
  • How to use bags
  • What you do with waste you cannot drop dispose near your home. 
  • How your waste can be recycled
Read the guide

Bulky waste poster

Does your neighbour know about bulky waste pick-up?

You can help them out by downloading and printing this one-pager about bulky waste.

It's simply perfect for the hall, dorm, or common areas.

Download poster

Do you know your waste?

With the one-page waste poster, it's easy to navigate the different types of waste.

Download, print, and hang the poster in a common area – this way you can help others better sort their waste.

Download one-pager

5 tips for neatness

Are you tired of litter aorund the waste containers?

Download our poster with five tips on how to keep the space around the containers neat.

It's perfect for the hallway or other common areas. 

5 tips for neatness

Do you know PANT?

'Pant' is a Danish system for recycling cans and bottles. Each time you buy drinks in cans or bottles with a deposit mark, you pay a deposit named 'pant'. 

You get your deposit back by returning empty cans and bottles using reversed vending machines in your local supermarket.

The Danish deposit mark is a series of dots under two arrows in a circle. The letter in the deposit mark indicates how much you pay and therefore how much you will get back when returning the bottle.