Waste sorting in holiday homes

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Food waste

Food waste is more than the things you might already throw out for home composting. In addition to fruit and vegetables, you can also put meat products and processed food scraps in the food waste compartment of your garbage bin. It could be the burnt oatmeal, leftover gravy or chicken carcass.


Nationale kriterier

To ensure that waste sorting is more or less the same throughout Denmark, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has created the national criteria below.



  • Easily biodegradable
  • Food leftovers regardless of type


  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Paper coffee filters and teabags
  • Egg shells
  • Meat and meat topping leftovers
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Small bones (from poultry, ribs from pigs and lamb)
  • Bread cakes
  • Rice and pasta
  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Grease, fat and sauces
  • Flowers



  • Contain undesirable substances or packaging
  • Non-biodegradable
  • Give problems when collecting


  • Fabrics (in fabric waste or for recycling)
  • Empty packaging, including biodegradable plastic (must be sorted into materials such as glass, metal, plastic or residual waste)
  • Cotton buds and nappies (in your garbage bin as residual waste)
  • Pizza boxes (in your garbage bin as residual waste)
  • Pot plants and compost (at the recycling centre)
  • Ashes, soot and cigarette butts (put in sealed bags in your garbage bin or as residual waste at the recycling centre)
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