Recycling Plastic Waste: Increasing Recycling of Household Plastic Waste in Denmark

Louise Lee Chergui

Student thesis: Master thesis


Currently, the dire consequences of spreading plastics all around us is gaining attention, which is why industries, governments, NGO’s, influencers and consumers are now focusing on how to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle plastic products and packaging after its usage. The plastic raw material used in all products should first and foremost be designed for recyclability, so to simplify its decomposition to new feedstock in industrial facilities. This thesis focuses which combined actions could be taken to improve the quality and quantity of the plastic fraction found in the Danish Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to consequently increase the availability of high quality and quantity of recycled plastics to the manufacturing industry in Denmark. In its conclusion, this thesis defines a set of actions that could be taken alone or in combination to achieve better and more recycling. The two main approaches being the investment of a state-of-the-art sorting and reprocessing plant and a national unified sorting plan directed to the 2,7 1 million Danish households across all municipalities. Both approaches would require the consumer’s adoption of a new set of habits in proper sorting of plastic fractions at the source. The policy makers at EU, Danish government and Danish municipalities will also play a key role in realizing the above and put Denmark back on the forefront of environmental innovation in areas other than renewable energy.

EducationsMSc in Supply Chain Management , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages93