Head of Eunomia’s Copenhagen Office, Sarah Ettlinger, spoke on approaches to collecting food waste from flats at a conference hosted by Dakofa, the Waste and Resource Network Denmark.
The conference, entitled Recycling organic waste – collection, sorting, quality and vehicles, was held in Copenhagen on May 9th. It was attended by representatives from municipalities across Denmark, industry (including utilities and biogas companies), academics and consultants, all of whom came together to share experiences around collecting food waste.
Sarah gave a joint presentation with Hanne Johnsen of Danish waste management and planning consultancy Affaldskontoret. Her presentation focussed on lessons learned by Eunomia in the course of its work supporting UK local authorities with their food waste collections, while Hanne’s looked at Affaldskontoret’s work with Danish municipalities. The conference also covered topics such as how the collection of source-segregated food waste can support the development of biogas production in Denmark, the use of digestate from anaerobic digestion facilities for agricultural purposes and options for running RCVs on biogas.
“I am continuously impressed by the emphasis on collaboration and dialogue in Denmark, and the involvement of the public, building managers and housing associations, farmers, biogas plant operators and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Dakofa conference provided stories to inspire everyone, from the success of a small-scale, flats communications campaign in Holbæk, to Copenhagen City Council’s ambitions plans to roll out food waste collections to 270,000 flats in the space of three months later this year.
Achieving a higher capture rate for organics will have an important part to play in helping Denmark meet its target of 50% recycling by 2022. There are many parallels between the rewards and difficulties experienced with food waste collections in Denmark and the UK, and it’s great that we can share Eunomia’s UK experience to support the Danish effort.”