Sorting at the source

Industry, consumers, and legislators are increasingly demanding source separation and sustainability. Optimizing source separation has great environmental and economic advantages.

Minimize Waste and Optimize Recycling 

Daily waste management creates different challenges for different industries. However, the increasing demand for sorting at the source is common to most business areas.

We help customers in all industries with proven and innovative solutions for sorting all types of waste, whether biodegradable, paper/cardboard, metal, plastic, cans and bottles, combustible, and much more.

Europe without Waste

New EU waste legislation emphasizes the prevention and reduction of waste in a circular economy. Sorting and recycling play a key role.

- By 2025, we must recycle 55% of municipal waste, including paper, glass, metal, bio-waste and textiles, and 65% of packaging waste

- In addition, landfill waste must be reduced to 10% or less by 2035

Emphasizing prevention, reuse, recycling, and rethinking waste as a resource should be the key to reaching future milestones. Producing less waste benefits the environment and the economy.

By sorting and recycling, we can save large amounts of waste, energy, and CO2 otherwise used in the production and transportation of new products.

Did you know?

The EU estimates that 2.5 billion tons of waste is thrown away in Europe every year with some EU countries generating more than others. In average, almost 5 tons of waste is generated per EU inhabitant.

Rethinking Waste as a Resource

When we start rethinking waste, we can view it as a valuable resource, incinerating less waste and reducing our impact on landfills.

Household and gardening waste represents a large fraction of municipal household waste, but when used intelligently, it can be turned into energy or fertilizer. Through intelligent sorting, recycling, and reuse, it is possible to limit the use of new raw materials. In this new way of thinking, unused waste becomes an untapped resource and a potential loss.

Did you know?

T3 natural paper is a great example of rethinking waste. Made from Tetra Pak milk cartons and packaging, this is a great example of how optimal recycling of large amounts of packaging can become a resource instead of ending up in a landfill.

How to Succeed with Sorting at the Source

Contact our waste management or facility management experts for guidance. They can help you find the right products or guide you through interior design and facility planning for maximum efficiency.

Tip 1: Check with local/regional legislation

Different municipalities, regions, and countries can have very different laws and traditions for sorting and recycling. Check the options in your local area, especially when it comes to sorting plastics, biodegradables, and compostables.

Tip 2: Everyone is in it together

Make sure all users are involved and informed about the right process for sorting and recycling – and make it a team effort so everyone understands why It is important. Creating incentives and competitions between teams can be a good way to motivate teams

Tip 3: Make sorting easy and accessible

Sorting correctly is easier with the right setup and information.
Make sure you have the correct number and size of bins and think about the right placement for them throughout your facility. Use signs and color-coding as gentle nudging to ensure the bins are used correctly.
Biodegradable waste accounts for a large proportion of waste, but a well-thought-out waste management plan can reduce its negative environmental impacts. 

Tip 4: Use color coding and stickers

Show the recycling journey from initial sourcing to collection station to final stations. You can also use stickers on specific bins to show which kind of waste goes into them.

Contact our waste management or facility management experts for guidance. They can help you find the right products or guide you through interior design and facility planning.


With ABENA Facility Management you get proven solutions for sorting all types of waste, whether biodegradable, paper/cardboard, metal, plastic, cans and bottles, flammable, or otherwise. Get answers to all your questions and free instructions on how to optimize source separation with both environmental and economic benefits.

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