First meeting in network for reusable takeaway

New network aims to promote closed loop reuse systems for take away packaging.

Distribution of new waste sorting bins using cargo bikes by Team OP and Trash Heroes Photo: Thea Birkemose Pallesen

Waste sorting bins - an example of circular public procurement

How Copenhagen supports the use old waste bins as a raw material input for new bins.

Post-consumer PUR-foam at RetourMatras

Results from collection and recycling of Danish mattresses

Every year, Danes discard around 500.000 used mattresses. This creates somewhere between 10-12,500 tons of waste, the vast majority of which ends up in waste incinerators across the country. Circular economy for mattresses is thus far from a reality. But something can be done about it.

Post-consumer recyclable textiles (non-wearables)

Results from automatic sorting of recyclable textiles

SOEX Recycling has completed two comprehensive batch sorting tests of post-consumer, textile waste collected from the Greater Copenhagen area.

Waste flows from Copenhagen (in Danish)

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Reusable takeaway in Copenhagen

How can we move away from single-use takeaway towards closed loop reuse systems with less strain on the environment?

What is Circular Copenhagen?

Circular Copenhagen is an innovation platform run by the City of Copenhagen with the aim of developing tomorrow’s circular economy solutions for today's challenges.

Circular Copenhagen aims to establish innovative partnerships with key, national and international, industrial and academic stakeholders focusing on advancing the circular economy in Copenhagen.

Challenges to tackle

Rethink

Like everywhere else in the world, a significant portion of products and consumer goods available for purchase in Copenhagen are …

Reduce & reuse

One important step towards the circular economy is to reduce the generation of waste. In the circular economy, waste is a …

Promote high quality recycling

The term ‘recycling’ needs to be qualified. Too many waste resources lose significant value when they are turned into secondary …

Improve collection schemes

Currently, Copenhagen has separate collection schemes directly at the households for plastics, metals, paper, cardboard, organic …

Material streams

A circular economy is an economy of high-value secondary raw materials. However, a product tends to lose value once its journey …

The why-how-what

Why?

Cities around the globe play a crucial role in the transition from a take-make-waste system towards a resilient circular economy where growth is no longer based on consumption of finite resources. As a global leader in the green agenda, the City of Copenhagen wants to play an active role in the development of innovative solutions for advancing the circular economy.

How?

Circular Copenhagen is an organizational configuration which focus explicitly on developing cross-cutting partnerships with both industry and academia to solve specific challenges in Copenhagen related to circular economy.

What?

Technological development, test and implementation, organisational innovation, living labs, public-private innovation (PPI) partnerships.

Who?

Do you have an idea for a partnership or wish to know more about existing partnerships or engage in dialogue about possible collaboration? Please contact us. The Circular Copenhagen innovation platform is rooted in Copenhagen’s technical and environmental administration in the waste resource management department.

Contact persons

News

07.07 2022

First meeting in network for reusable takeaway

New network aims to promote closed loop reuse systems for take away packaging.

06.07 2022

Waste sorting bins - an example of circular public procurement

How Copenhagen supports the use old waste bins as a raw material input for new bins.

22.06 2022

Results from collection and recycling of Danish mattresses

Every year, Danes discard around 500.000 used mattresses. This creates somewhere between 10-12,500 tons of waste, the …

17.06 2022

Results from automatic sorting of recyclable textiles

SOEX Recycling has completed two comprehensive batch sorting tests of post-consumer, textile waste collected from the …

14.06 2022

Waste flows from Copenhagen (in Danish)

Vil du vide, hvordan Københavns Kommune behandler og genanvender affald fra husstandsindsamlingen? Tag et kig på …

23.05 2022

Reusable takeaway in Copenhagen

How can we move away from single-use takeaway towards closed loop reuse systems with less strain on the environment?