Compost made from a mix of compostable diapers and garden waste

Results from compostable diapers use, collection, and recycling test

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Photo: Danish Technological Institute

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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.

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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

Martin Tilsted

Project manager, building&construction, smart bins

martin.tilsted@kk.dk

+45 24 23 55 39

Malene Møhl

Special Consultant, plastic waste

malene.mohl@kk.dk

+45 23 61 77 67

Sarosh Qureshi

Special Consultant, sustainable business models

sarosh.qureshi@kk.dk

+45 21 38 04 83

Line Kai-Sørensen Brogaard

Engineer, Ph.d., bulky waste, metals and biowaste

Line.Kai-Sorensen.Brogaard@kk.dk

+45 20 35 30 79

News

29.01 2024

Results from compostable diapers use, collection, and recycling test

At present, approximately 250 million disposable diapers are generated globally each day, with 300,000 of these being …

19.12 2023

Danish Innovation Pioneers Circular Solution for Recycling Polyurethane Plastic

A new Danish-developed technology aims to create a circular solution for a widely used type of plastic, polyurethane …

02.10 2023

Copenhagen Launches Electronics Reuse Initiative

Copenhagen, in collaboration with environmental company Ragn-Sells, is proud to introduce an initiative helping …

28.09 2023

New Design Guide for Plastic Packaging

Focus on Reuse and High Recycling Quality

18.08 2023

Project report from ReYarn partnership released

The final report from the ReYarn project is now available here . The City of Copenhagen's current Resource and Waste …

05.07 2023

New Research project aims to turn organic waste into protein-rich animal feed

A new research project will develop a new technology to convert organic waste into protein-rich feed. The Innovation …