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100 climate solutions from Danish Municipalities


In Billund Municipality, recycling depots take on an extra dimension as they combine upcycling and community input to minimize waste.

In Billund Municipality, smaller, local recycling depots are being set up with the user in mind, making it easier for citizens to get rid of their waste. The project is based on a co-ownership model rooted in local life. The ownership model requires involvement and understanding of the citizens’ everyday practices and needs around recycling waste. This has resulted in tailored recycling facilities that boost recycling rates, as the citizens involved in the project gain more knowledge and experience while building a greater sense of responsibility.


Citizens have been involved right from the start – from ideation to design – as well as in the actual operation of recycling sites. The sites are run by a team of volunteers who have received training in how to recycle correctly.

Trade and repair facilities has been set up for citizens to both recycle and upcycle their old items, giving them a new lease of life.

Based on local needs, trade and repair facilities has been set up to enable upcycling and waste minimization with the help of citizens. The project has managed to design a user-centric recycling depot model which could be an inspiration for other municipalities.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Sustainable Cities and Communities

The project creates a new service for citizens so they can make better use of their resources. It brings citizens closer together and boosts local engagement, both for users and volunteers.

Responsible Production and Consumption

In this project, it is the citizens who run and manage local recycling facilities. This gives them hands-on experience in handling trash and encourages everyone to be more responsible.

Partnerships for the Goals

Volunteers working in partnership with the municipality help deliver a more circular economy in Billund, showcasing the benefits of working together.