Settling In

After getting into your new place in Randers, setting up telephone and internet, arranging for mail and utilities, other things must be remembered.

Sale Flyers

An important thing, when getting comfortable in a new place, is being able to find what you need to make your new house a home. Whether food, furniture, or other household or personal goods, being able to find those things at reasonable prices is always a good thing. You can generally get a good idea of what's on sale by the stack of sale flyers that arrive in your mailbox weekly. However, if a prior owner/tenant has requested that they not receive those flyers (via a reklamer nej taksticker), you can also find them online. A search for 'tilbudsavis' (offers paper) will come back with a number of results, from specific shops to aggregators that collect all of the papers and let you choose the ones you want to see. Some will even let you set up a shopping list, through the store's app, that will connect any sales with your shopping list.

Border Shops

After getting all moved in, and finding the different shops and what they have to offer, you may find that you're missing something from home. Or, you may want to stock up in large quantities for a party. For times like these, there are the border shops, or grænse butikker. Just over the border in Flensburg, Germany, you can find a number of different shops that offers deals on everything from soda to cleaning supplies to candy, as well as goods from other countries, at prices that let you stock up. Many goods can be found at lower prices, and lots of folks take a Saturday or Sunday to make a drive down to the Denmark-Germany border to do some shopping. If you're going to go, just remember to take your passport and your Dankort, and maybe a cooler. Just in case.

Recycling

Denmark, along with the rest of Europe, works hard to ensure that as much waste material as possible is recycled or otherwise reused, rather than going to landfills. As part of that ongoing initiative, an extensive recycling program is in place throughout the country. Large recycling plants for big trash such as furniture, housing materials, and computers are dotted in almost every municipality, and every home, whether house or apartment building, has trash cans for different types of waste.

Whether you live in a detached home, a rækkehus (row house), or an apartment complex, at least one of your trash bins will consist of recycling. Whether a general one to take everything that's not combustible, or separate ones for bottles, paper, and other burnable items such as kitchen waste and cardboard, some sorting will be expected of you. Randers sends out a yearly magazine, Exit (in Danish), that reviews the year in trash, informs people about new rules and requirements for sorting, etc. You can find the most current copy to the right.

While it may be easy to ignore the sorting rules, it's just as easy to follow them. Any item with Pant on it (return or bottle fee) can be returned at any shop with a flaskeautomat (bottle return machine), for anywhere from 1 to 3 kr. each. If you drink a lot of soda, beer, or cider, it's definitely worth it to return the bottles. Other bottles, such as juice bottles (but not juice cartons or milk cartons), jars, cans, and other plastic food containers (except butter containers), can all be recycled in the appropriate recycle bin/bag. Paper, such as newspaper, letters (without personal information such as CPR number, etc), envelopes, and the like can be recycled in the appropriate bin/bag. Any items with personal information on them should be shredded for security's sake. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and put into a bin as well. Some complexes have bins specifically for cardboard and other burnable trash, and the container will generally be marked as such.

If you own your home and you like to garden, kitchen waste (food/peels/eggshells/etc.) makes an excellent compost with just a little work. This can also be good if you have a small summer garden cottage in one of the areas around Denmark. If, however, you live in an apartment complex, this kind of waste goes into the burnable trash bin.

If you have any questions about what should or shouldn't be recycled, or how it works in general, check out the Trash page on randers.dk (in Danish).