Household Recycling

In the Municipality of Randers we collect your paper and packaging (glass, metal and hard plastic) for recycling every 3 weeks.

Every single household must have at least one bin for the recyclables: paper and packaging. It doesn't cost anything, not even an administration fee. You can have as many bins for recycling as necessary. The bins have to be placed in the same place as your household waste bin.

NO! We don't mix it all up!

The bin lorry that collects your waste is divided into two compartments. This is why your bin is also divided into two. So there is no excuse for not doing it properly.

Remember - it's a person just like you who is sorting the recyclables by hand, so please make sure your waste is rinsed clean to ensure a clean and healthy work environment.

Don't worry - it's quite simple once you get started!

It may all seem a bit complicated, but it really isn't. We know this from the people, who have already started sorting their waste into the four types of household waste.

Packaging made out of glass should be collected in your recycling bin together with hard plastic and metal.

You should recycle all empty and clean glass jars and bottles without their lids. The metal lid should be put in the same bin as the glass, but they are a separate fraction.

Examples of Glass For Recycling

  • Marmelade and jam
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichokes
  • Pickled beetroot and cucumber
  • Red Cabbage
  • Mustard
  • Wine and spirits bottles

Remember - it's a person just like you who is sorting the recyclables by hand, so please make sure your recyclable waste is rinsed clean to ensure a clean and healthy work environment.

You can put the following metal items in the recycle bin together with glass and hard plastic:

  • Empty soda and beer cans (preferably crushed, as they take up less space this way)
  • Tins, if rinsed clean
  • Aluminium trays, but only if clean
  • Bottle tops
  • Jar lids
  • Aluminium tea light candle cups (a small amount of candle wax is allowed)
  • Clean aluminium foil (scrunched up)

Remember - it's a person just like you who is sorting the recyclables by hand, so please make sure your recycling is rinsed clean to ensure a clean and healthy work environment.

Interesting Facts

We can save 90-97 % energy by recycling aluminium instead of extracting new aluminium.

Every year in Denmark alone we throw 13.500 tons of aluminium straight into the bin. That's aluminium enough to produce 5 million bicycles - almost one for every Dane!

You can put all your hard plastic bottles, tubs and containers in the recycle bin along with metal and glass - just as long as they are empty and rinsed clean.

Examples Of Hard Plastic

(plastic is considered hard if you can drum your fingers on it)

  • Laundry Detergent bottles (empty and rinsed once)
  • Ketchup and mustard bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Screenwash container (empty and rinsed once)
  • Meat trays
  • Biscuit trays
  • Vegetable and fruit plastic trays
  • Flower plant pots free of dirt

All of the above should be empty and rinsed or washed depending on how dirty they are.

You can also squeeze the air out of them to make more room in your recycle bin. If you pierce the container it's easier to do so.

If you collect little plastic bits and bobs for recycling, please put them in a bigger plastic container that you are recycling anyway. The plastic is sorted by hand and with work gloves on it's nearly impossible to get hold of very small items.

Remember - it's a person just like you who is sorting the recyclables by hand, so please make sure your waste is rinsed clean to ensure a clean and healthy work environment.

Examples Of Paper For Recycling

  • Writing paper and envelopes
  • Newspapers, magazines and advertising (as long as it free of food and dirt)
  • Printed matter
  • Thin carton, like cornflakes boxes (empty) and toilet paper rolls

Of the four things we recycle in the Municipality of Randers, paper is the only fraction that may not be mixed with the other three.

The Following Items Are Not Recyclable

  • Milk cartons
  • Dirty paper (goes in the household waste bin)
  • Pizza boxes (go in the household waste bin)
  • Serrated cardboard (to be disposed of either by an arranged curbside collection or by taking it to one of the four recycling centres)
  • Used kitchen roll and paper napkins (they go either in household waste or the organic waste, if they have been used for food preparation)

Confidential Documents

At all four recycling centres we have secure containers for confidential documents.