How Denmark’s companies are leading the change on recycling


It is no secret that recycling helps the environment, diminishing landfill waste, conserving natural resources, saving forests, as well as other habitats. The amounts of waste are large enough to be important and affect the current situation to a noticeable degree. It is of the essence to practice reusing and recycling materials. There are tangible benefits for homeowners, yet, most importantly, for companies that recycle all sorts of items in the workplace. If you ever get the chance to discuss with Danish managers with regard to the business context in the European continent, you will most likely hear that more companies need to start recycling. Companies in Denmark are wise when it comes down to waste. To be more precise, they are eco-efficient and promote the reuse and repair of goods. Not only do people have meaningful jobs, but also they have the opportunity to save the environment. Denmark is something of a leader in terms of recycling, so it is worth taking a closer look at the situation.

The primary law dealing with recycling

The United States, for instance, do not have a national recycling law. This means that the government mostly relies on state and local governments to take care of the issue of waste management. Denmark, on the other hand, has had laws and regulations in place for decades. The primary law dealing with recycling was introduced in 1978. At that time, it represented a history-recycling law. According to the law, it is necessary to recycle at least 50 percent of all paper and beverage packaging. The environmental protection law was passed so as to help protect the environment and preserve animal and plant life. The legislation applies to all activities that are associated with pollution, an example being the use of liquid or gaseous substances. Fewer cases of environmental damage or imminent threat to the environment have been recorded. The government has set a goal for 2022, aiming to move towards zero waste.

Danish companies recycle tons of plastic

Danish companies are literally leading the change in revolution. They are willing to give their time and energy to recycle tons of plastic, currently exceeding the amount that the European Union is aiming for. Businesses are recycling as much waste as they can and this effort needs to be appreciated. The world is faced with the non-negligible consequences of plastic, such as land and groundwater pollution, and the implications for human health. Organizations are trying to do business in a sustainable manner. For a very long time, plastic waste has been burned in the incinerators. All that has changed now. More specifically, plastic is being reused. Consumers drink out of water bottles that are made from recycled material. At least half, anyway.

What are the other companies doing? Well, small and medium-sized businesses are making considerable efforts to reduce and recycle plastic at their businesses. They are aware of the fact that the issue of plastic is a serious one and are taking action on plastic pollution. Individual efforts include using a waste baler, which is called a ‘ballepressere’ in Denmark. This is an all-encompassing solution for sorting and reducing business by-products. A baler is practically a piece of machinery that compresses waste materials into compact bales that are not difficult to handle or to transport. While some governments are keen on enforcing laws encouraging reusability, some companies to go green. Balers are a must for every business. This type of equipment is capable of handling all sorts of waste, including foil, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and fibrous materials.

Famous Denmark companies pledging to recycle

Carlsberg Group

Carlsberg, the brewing group, wants to reduce the company’s environmental impact to zero and, surprisingly, has chosen to collaborate with a French recycling company. The plan is to replace the plastic rings with recyclable glue. The six-packs will be held together by an unconventional type of glue, which will reduce the company’s plastic use with approximately 70 percent. Similar to plastic straws, plastic rings are enemies of the ocean. They end up in the sea and endanger the life of marine animals like turtles. The traditional bulky rings as you know them will soon be a thing of the past.


The Danish home retail brand does not stop at anything when it comes down to making changes for the sake of the environment. The introduction of recyclable bags is just one of the many measures that the organization has taken in an effort to become eco-friendly. Jysk has fast understood that bags made out of plastic need to be eliminated completely and have opted for paper bags, which do not pose a threat to the environment. There are many benefits associated with utilizing recyclable bags, such as addressing the global warming solution and avoiding contaminated recycling. If you want to know about their recycling efforts, then you need to know that Jysk does its part.

The LEGO Group

LEGO is one of the many Danish companies that meet the legal responsibility for disposing of waste. People at the company are interested in making a positive impact in the world, wanting to leave a better place for future generations. Those who are done with the LEGO bricks are strongly encouraged to donate them to a local charity shop or a kindergarten. As far as the new LEGO pieces are concerned, they are made from sustainable materials. The Danish group invested a great deal of money into a Sustainable Materials Center. It is the job of the employees of this center to make toys from sugarcane-based fruits rather than plastic. LEGO would like to manufacture most of its products from sugarcane plastic by 2030. And to deploy environmentally-friendly packaging material.

The bottom line

To sum up, all companies should make an effort to recycling everything that they can. The landfills are negatively affected by the high amounts of waste and each business has a responsibility toward the environment. Make sure that you commit to environmental protection. There is no better time than now to change.