25 February 2020
A recent report done by Innovation Fund Denmark, in partnership with consultancy firm McKinsey, has thrown light on Denmark's recycling of plastic...
A recent report done by Innovation Fund Denmark, in partnership with consultancy firm McKinsey, reveals that Denmark is not recycling to its full potential, and plastic waste still ends up in the landfills. The report also shows that, if all plastic in the country was recycled, up to 1.6 billion kroner could go into the economy.
Innovation Fund Denmark’s director, Peter Høngaard Andersen, stated that the reason Denmark is still bad with reusable plastic management, because they were used to burning waste using incinerator plants. This results in more Co2 emissions, with almost 60% of Denmark’s plastic ending up being incinerated.
A solution to this problem could be a program similar to the current “pant” system, in which consumers pay a surcharge when purchasing bottled or canned goods, which gets paid back when they are returned via specialized recycling machines.
Andersen says that this does not necessarily means introducing more packaging types into the program, but rather applying more charges, in order to stimulate people to recycle more.
Danish households and businesses produce 340,000 tons of plastic waste in a year, so if consumers were committed to playing their part in the program, the situation would look much better. The conclusions of the report were presented at a UN City conference in Copenhagen.
Denmark is reportedly throwing away too much plastic, but could be recycling more