Guide to waste sorting

If we are to work towards a circular economy and a greener future, an important contribution is waste sorting at home.
Waste sorting is important because it is the beginning of, and even the first step in, the process that makes it possible to later recycle materials and thus reduce the amount of waste.

In a busy everyday life, however, sorting waste can seem unmanageable - especially if it is difficult to find a simple guide that makes it easy to put the sorting into systems. First of all, it is a good idea to get waste bins for waste sorting - and to make it even easier, you can also get waste sorting stickers . Below you can also, in an easy and simple way, learn more about how you can take part in the creation of a more circular economy and greener future by sorting your waste - and how your waste should be sorted.

That is why it is important to sort waste

Sorting waste is important because we can recycle a lot of waste. When we recycle our waste, energy and heat do not have to be used to produce new ones, and we refrain from consuming more raw materials. Recycling is possible if the waste is properly sorted. A single dirty pizza tray with grease residues in it can destroy an entire fraction of cardboard, which could otherwise be recycled. It is therefore incredibly important that everyone at home gets involved in waste sorting, so that recyclable material and bio-waste can be sent to the correct recycling departments.
For effective recycling, we therefore need effective sorting – and the first step to this is in our own home. When you put a plastic bottle in the correct waste bin, you ensure that the material in question can be put into the correct recycling process. If this sorting does not happen, a lot of recyclable materials will end up in the incineration, whereby valuable resources will be lost from our circular economy.

Which materials must be sorted - and how?

The materials that can be recycled range from food waste, paper and cardboard, to various plastic and metal containers, to things like batteries and various electronics. Each type of waste must be sorted differently because each is disposed of in a specific way. However, we can understand if you think it is difficult to see where, for example , flamingos, chip bags, spray cans, pizza trays and milk cartons go - and that is why we have made sure that with the help of this guide you can quickly and easily find answers to your sorting questions.

General tips for your waste sorting

When you want to sort waste efficiently, there are some general tips that are incredibly good to have at hand.

  • Firstly, it is important that you always empty the packaging that is to be thrown away and recycled - and if there is a lid on it, it must also be removed.
  • If your waste consists of several different materials at the same time, it is important that you separate it so that you can sort the different materials correctly.
  • If it is not possible to separate the materials from each other, then sort according to the material of which there is the most.
  • Always use your common sense - and remind yourself of how important a difference you make to both our planet and economy.

"Waste sorting can vary from municipality to municipality, so if you are in doubt about how to dispose of your waste in your particular municipality, you can always ask at the local recycling station."