Waste collection

Reykjavík City's Waste Collection handles waste from the city’s households. All households are required to have containers for four categories. Residents have the opportunity to influence the number and size of containers based on the level of service suitable for the household.

Return of recyclables

When we contribute and sort correctly, we are helping to ensure that we can continue to recycle and reuse what is no longer useful to us. Are you throwing your waste in the right bin?

New sorting system

Reykjavík City implements a new and harmonized waste sorting system in collaboration with neighboring municipalities. It is mandatory to categorize household waste into four groups according to the act on the circular economy, which took effect in January 2023. This is a significant environmental issue, as proper sorting can reduce waste and enable the recycling of valuable resources instead of disposing of them.

Let’s use the correct bin

Multi-family housing

There are different rules for waste collection in multi-family dwellings and single-family dwellings. This is because changes in the number and types of bins in a multi-family residence affect the fees residents pay for garbage collection.


Waste bin accessibility and maintenance

It is important that waste collectors get to waste bins safely and unhindered. It not only saves time during unloading, it also affects the number of accidents, worker health, and ensures a better and cheaper service for your home. Are your bins easily accessible?

Fee schedule

It is cheaper for you to throw away less and sort more! If there are changes in the number of waste containers, or the frequency of unloading, the change in fees is based on the week in which the change is requested.