Q&A on Waste Collection

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Do you have any questions about waste collection, sorting, or recycling?

General

Hvenær eru tunnur losaðar í mínu hverfi?

Here you can see a waste collection calendar showing the estimated unloading dates.

Af hverju eru tunnurnar ekki ókeypis?

The City of Reykjavik is required by law to charge a fee for the collection of household waste and the operation of waste treatment and recycling facilities and the amount of the fee is defined in the Waste Management Chart of the City of Reykjavik.

The City of Reykjavik has taken the approach of inviting residents to choose the level of service that is right for them and to pay for the service accordingly. The fees are charged using the property fees, and in Reykjavik they are based on the number of barrels, container size, shepherd's rate, distance to go to unload the container, and the type of waste, and will be subject to changes starting from the week the change in barrels is requested.

In many municipalities, residents pay a single fee for waste management, regardless of the type of service and type of waste. It costs to shepherd and treat waste materials, and then the cost of e.g. barrels under recycling material is included in the total charge. Often residents can avoid and reduce fees for waste management.

In households where there is little mixed waste, residents of a private farm can request a spar barrel that is cheaper and half the size of a gray barrel. The spar barrel is shepherded every 10 days until the end of 2016, but mixed waste will be shepherded every 14 days, as in other municipalities in the capital.

Residents can also choose whether to use the services of a recycling centre or whether they prefer recyclable waste to be picked up at their homes. The cleaning fee is kr. Multifamily residents can reconsider the number of grey barrels and reduce them if warranted, thus paying lower fees. Grey barrels can often be reduced in multi-storey buildings where barrels are shared, leaving room for green and blue barrels to be recycled.

There is a special fee for containers that have to be hauled more than 15 metres from the waste storage room or -made into a dump truck according to the Waste Handling Chart in Reykjavík. In some cases, you can move the barrel and get away from paying the fee. Use the calculator to view the fees based on the number and type of containers.

Get ég gert eitthvað til þess að lækka sorphirðugjaldið?

Yes, you can.

In special farms, it is simply most effective to classify more and dispose of less. If there is little mixed waste, you can request a sparge barrel instead of a grey barrel, which is halved and cheaper.

If you live in a polygon, it would be advisable to revisit the number of grey barrels and reduce them if possible. Green or blue barrels may be added under recycling material.

Hvað á ég að gera við flugeldaleifar?

Residents are encouraged to shake hands in their immediate surroundings and pick up fireworks after New Year's Eve, while residues of fireworks, tart boxes, and other fireworks are left around the city. After the 13th, neighborhood residents are on the move for a few days removing fireworks in city open spaces, but don't enter residential streets or private land.

It is important that everyone hangs up and residents clean up any traces of fire in their immediate surroundings. It is recommended that people return the collected material to Waste Recycling Plants B.S. or to collection containers at fireworks outlets, but do not place it in barrels at households.

Hvað á ég að gera við umfram sorp sem rúmast ekki í tunnu?

Residents can access labeled bags that can be placed in excess mixed waste. The bags are left by the barrels and will be removed at the next discharge. They are available at the nearest N1 station in Reykjavík or at the Reykjavik City Customer Service, Borgartún 12–14. Excess waste can also be taken to branch or recycling plants.

When a bag for excess waste is utilized and unloading is desired, it should be positioned next to the household waste container. The bag is intended exclusively for use under household mixed waste. Similar to gray waste bins intended for mixed household waste, it is prohibited to put in the bag wastes or other hazardous waste, paper or cardboard, returnable packaging, electronics, timber, scrap metal and other coarse waste, garden waste, mulch, earthenware or gravel. Such waste is to be returned to waste recycling plants bs. 

Er eftirlit með því hvað er sett í tunnurnar?

It is important that waste returns to the correct barrels. As residents are required to classify waste, instead of requiring residents to have a barrel at their home for recyclable waste, certain categories of waste, such as paper and cardboard, will be monitored for classification based on location.

For numerous years, it has been prohibited to place various categories of waste in the grey barrels, such as return packaging, garden waste, soil, waste materials and fractional metals. When unloading gray barrels and sparse barrels, city officials have monitored whether these wastes are contained in the barrels, as is currently the case with paper and cardboard and other types of waste that are not to be treated with mixed waste. Procedure will be the same as before, the barrels will not be gramps, but if it is obvious that residents are not sorting paper from the mixed waste, the grey barrel will not be discharged and left behind a label stating this along with instructions.

The same applies when green and blue barrels are unloaded. Other waste materials, such as food or chemical residues, other than those that are to enter the barrels significantly erode the recycling capacity of the recycling materials. Therefore, barrels whose classification has failed will not be unloaded and a label with instructions will be left.

Ber ég ábyrgð ef nágranni minn flokkar ekki í fjölbýlishúsi?

In the Multi-Family Houses Act No. 26/1994 deals with the rights and obligations of the owner of multi-storey buildings. Waste repositories are generally co-owned by multi-storey buildings, and all owners are unsharedly responsible for the co-ownership (cf. Article 57 of the Data Protection Act. The housing company and the owners are liable for common costs pursuant to the provisions of Articles 43 and 47, and therefore liable for costs incurred as a result of incorrectly classified waste. If one owner is willing to expense the housing company by not sorting the waste, the housing company can reclaim the expense according to the general rules of claim law. Households may also establish house rules covering the classification of waste (cf. Point 1 C, sect. 41; cf. also sect. 74 of the Act, in particular Art. Paragraph 3 If it is established that one owner repeatedly fails to comply with the rules, then the Housing Association may impose a prohibition on his residence or stay in the house (cf. Paragraph 1. 55 of the Act, but care must be taken to provide the owner with the opportunity to improve (art. Paragraph 2 of the same article. The opinion of the House of Commons Complaints Committee may be obtained pursuant to 80 of the Act on disputes between joint owners regarding the interpretation of the Act and/or taking the case to court (cf. Paragraph 6. Article 80 and obtain a final result on the opinion.

Ef ég vil færa sorpgeymsluna mína hvað geri ég þá?

I wonder if landowners are going to move waste repositories within a plot of land and if they are going to need to apply for a building permit for the works to be carried out to a building inspector. The Department of Environmental Protection and Planning will provide any additional information and will be available to residents for guidance and advice regarding the relocation of waste repositories where possible at 411 1111 and building  info@reykjavik.is.

Hvernig veit ég hvað ég á að vera með mörg sorpílát við heimili mitt?

Residents must have access to a barrel of mixed waste at their home, i.e. either a grey barrel or a sparge barrel. There is no general rule on the number of barrels per apartment, so residents can determine the number and the cost is according to it. The need depends on the family size and number of inhabitants, consumption habits and how able the population is to classify. Equally, there are about 0.8 gray barrels at each apartment in Reykjavik. According to this, four apartments should be able to combine around three gray barrels under mixed waste in multi-storey buildings, and even fewer barrels they classify paper and plastic or earthen food residues.

It is not mandatory to have a blue or green barrel under recycling material. The City of Reykjavik has taken the approach of inviting residents to choose the level of service that is right for them and to pay for the service accordingly. This allows residents to choose whether to use the services of a recycling or recycling centre or whether to opt for recyclable waste to be picked up from their homes.

If you look at recyclable paper materials and plastics that are generally used in households and can be sorted out, one grey barrel can be replaced by one or two blue or green barrels in multi-storey buildings, depending on how well the barrels are used. In private residences, most people should get off with a sparse barrel, one blue and one green. The spar barrel is for mixed waste like the gray one, but it is cheaper and half the gray one.

Aukaferð til losunar

If a container cannot be unloaded due to obstacles, misclassification or other reasons, residents may request an extra trip for unloading. The service is paid for according to the Waste Management Fee Schedule.

At the start of service, an increase in the number of containers or an increase in the emission frequency, the fee must also be paid. Reducing the number of containers costs nothing.

Hvað verður um glerið?

From an environmental point of view, it pays to classify, collect, export  and recycle glass from Iceland.  It is estimated that in 2014, more than one thousand tons of glass and minerals were released from households in Reykjavik and recycled into mixed household waste in Elbe, a waste category of approximately 5% of all mixed household waste according to SORPU B.S. analysis in November 2014. Glass has been collected with minerals at six recycling sites in the capital, and used as a carrier layer that is considered for reuse. 

The aim is twofold: to reduce the share of glass in household mixed waste by making it easier for residents to return glass, and to examine the assumptions of recycling the glass instead of reusing it as a carrier. The containers can be returned in any form of glass that falls to the home, such as jelly jars, return-free glass bottles, and other containers made of glass. The glass must be clear or coloured, but must be clean and empty. Cooperation has already been sought with sorption bs. and the Processing Fund to examine the prerequisites for recycling the glass collected.

Urðun úrgangs

The mixed waste is minced in the reception centre of SORPU bs. in Steamunesi, sent through metal separators and finally bagged and transported to Elfsnes for disposal. The Elbe is the largest waste disposal site in the country, with approximately 104,000 tonnes of waste generated in 2013. It also allows the return of polluting waste such as asbestos, contaminated waste and animal scabies.

SORPA bs. operates the Elbe Waste Disposal Area, which is defined as Industrial Area I5 in the new Master Plan until 2030. The industrial zone I5 also includes an area to the west of the planned Sundabraut, which is intended under a gas and earthmoving facility. The Master Plan thus provides general terms of reference for the management of waste in the area in question in the Elbe up to 2030.

In the Elbe, since 1999, the vehicle fuel is produced methane from pile gas, which arises from the decomposition of organic waste in the pile. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, or up to 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide if it is allowed to evaporate from the pile unhindered. By collecting the pile gas, purifying it and using it as automotive fuel, instead of imported fossil fuels, the greenhouse effect of the dumping site is minimal.

With the agreement of the owners of sorption bs. since October 25, 2013, a gas and earthmoving facility was fixed in the sector in Elbe.

Green Bin

Hvað má setja í græna tunnu?

Only pure plastic goes into a green barrel, both soft and hard. Soft plastics are e.g. plastic bags, plastic film and bubble plastics. Hard plastic is used to form plastic trays and canteens – and other plastic containers of various kinds - preceded by cleaning agents and food products, as well as foam plastic and smaller parts made of plastic.

It is important to clear all food and chemical residues from the plastic and reduce the volume as much as possible before placing it in the barrel. Care should be taken to ensure that metals, electrical appliances, batteries, wastewater, paper materials or other waste materials do not enter the green barrel. Such a process seriously undermines the recycling value of the plastic.

Good classification is a prerequisite for recycling.

Þarf ég að panta græna tunnu?

Residents who choose to have recyclable plastics picked up must order a green barrel.

In Reykjavík, residents choose the most appropriate way to get recyclables they can sort out. Some are more appropriate for returning sorted recyclables to recycling centers, because they are nearby or along the way, rather than having an additional bin at a home.

Hvað kostar græn tunna?

For information on the price of a green barrel, please refer to the Waste Shipment Charge Chart.

The fees are charged using the property fees, and in Reykjavik they are based on the number of barrels, container size, shepherd's rate, distance to go to unload the container, and the type of waste, and will be subject to changes starting from the week the change in barrels is requested.

Hvað er græn tunna tæmd oft í mánuði?

Green barrel is emptied equally every 21 days.

In the Waste Calendar, you can see when your garbage will be picked up. Please note that the calendar is set up according to the neighborhood of the city.

Hvernig er fyrirkomulagi plastsöfnunar við heimili háttað?

Residents must request a green barrel under plastic at their home. The green barrel is driven out free of charge.

The green barrel is shaved every three weeks or 21 days. Note that shepherding usually takes place in bi-directional cars, so two categories of waste are shepherded at once.

Plastics account for about 20% of mixed waste entering grey barrels and sparse barrels, and half the volume, so it is foreseen that the amount in the grey barrel may be reduced. In households with low levels of mixed waste, e.g. due to classification, single-family residents may request a barrel of sparse that is cheaper and halved. Residents of multi-family dwellings can reconsider the number of grey barrels and reduce them if warranted, thus paying lower fees.

The City of Reykjavik has taken the approach of inviting residents to choose the level of service that is right for them and to pay for the service accordingly. This allows residents to choose whether to use the services of a recycling or recycling centre, or whether to opt for recyclable waste to be picked up at their home.

At the top of the page you can find a calendar for waste collection at a home in Reykjavík.

Hvað gerist ef rangt er flokkað í græna tunnu?

If incorrectly classified in the green barrel, it cannot be unloaded as foreign substances can destroy the recyclables already in the shepherd's truck. The misclassified material must be removed from the barrel before unloading can take place. If unloading is required before then, it must be addressed by one of the following:

  1. Contacting the City of Reykjavik and requesting extra emissions to be paid for according to the tariff
  2. Take the plastic out of the barrel to the nearest crushing or recycling plant. See the map of collection points in the waste collection calendar.

Af hverju er plast ekki rusl?

Classifying and returning plastics for recycling increases recycling of plastics and reduces the amount of waste incurred. It is important to prevent the disposal of plastic waste from an environmental point of view, since by doing so, resources, which would otherwise have been used, are wasted. It also costs more to treat unclassified mixed waste than classified plastic materials, so the green barrel is cheaper than the grey barrel.

Plastics returned for recycling are sorted in the reception and sorting centre of Waste Management B.S. in Steamunes. The plastic is sent to Sweden for recycling, where it is either recycled or incinerated for energy recovery. A large proportion of plastics can be recycled and incineration for energy efficiency is a more optimal alternative to waste disposal in cases where recycling is not feasible for any reason. Classification and return for recycling is the basis for this to be possible.

Plastics are one of the most common materials in our environment and their use is constantly increasing. Its share was 20% in mixed waste according to SORPU B.S. analysis in 2014 or the second largest category after organic waste. A total of 18,085 tonnes of mixed household waste fell in 2014, so a good 3,617 tonnes of plastic is expected to have been incurred in the Elbe that year. Some 1,700 tonnes or more of plastic can be expected to be returned for recycling in Reykjavik, and comparable results are achieved with the classification of paper materials.

Hvað get ég gert við plastið?

Pure recyclable plastics can be disposed of as follows:

  1. Green Barrel of the City
    Orders must be placed, and residents can usually start sorting it as soon as it has been delivered.
  2. Recycling plant
    There are six such stations at Headquarters, but many other categories of recyclables can equally be returned there. Click here to access maps and information about recycling plants.
  3. Grenadier Station
    There are 57 such stations within Reykjavik where, in addition to paper and cardboard, you can return plastic and, in some cases, returnable packaging and clothes. Click here to access a map of terminals

Blue Bin

Hvað má setja í bláa tunnu?

In the blue barrel you can put five categories of paper and cardboard. They are:

  • Corrugated cardboard, such as pizza boxes, shoe boxes, and other cardboard boxes. Corrugated cardboard is known because, when it is torn, it can be seen on the wound that it is double-walled with corrugated cardboard in the middle.
  • Newspapers, magazines and advertising mailings. Everything that comes in through the letter hatch. There are also books. Adhesive stripes and plastic windows may be provided on the envelopes, but do not require tearing off.
  • Ferns, like milk, fruit juice and cream. A plastic stopper, often placed in squares to facilitate their use and protect the contents, may be placed on the squares. Aluminium and plastic films inside ferrules do not reduce their recyclability.
  • Office paper. Both colored and white photocopy and printer paper.
  • Packaging paper and cardboard such as cereal boxes, egg trays and biscuit packs. Gift-wrapping paper can also go into the blue barrel.

The recycling value of the paper materials depends on their purity. It is important to clean any food leftovers from the packaging and soiled kitchen paper and napkins should be placed in the grey barrel or flocked for burial. Disposable diapers should enter the grey barrel with the mixed waste.

Material placed in the blue barrel should be placed loose in the barrel. Do not put the material in plastic bags.

Good classification is a prerequisite for recycling.

Þarf ég að panta bláa tunnu?

Residents who choose to be picked up on paper and cardboard must order the blue barrel.

In Reykjavík, residents choose the most appropriate way to get recyclables they can sort out. Some are more appropriate for returning sorted recyclables to recycling centers, because they are nearby or along the way, rather than having an additional bin at a home.

Hvað kostar blá tunna?

For information on the price of a blue barrel, please refer to the Waste Shipment Charge Chart.

The fees are charged using the property fees, and in Reykjavik they are based on the number of barrels, container size, shepherd's rate, distance to go to unload the container, and the type of waste, and will be subject to changes starting from the week the change in barrels is requested.

Hvað er blá tunna tæmd oft í mánuði?

A blue barrel is usually emptied every 21 days.

In the Waste Calendar, you can see when your garbage will be picked up. Please note that the calendar is set up according to the neighborhood of the city.

Hvernig er fyrrkomulagi pappírssöfnunar við heimili háttað?

Residents must request a blue barrel under paper and cardboard at their home. The blue barrel is driven out free of charge.

The barrel is sheared every three weeks or 21 days. Note that shepherding usually takes place in bi-directional cars, so two categories of waste are shepherded at once.

In households with low levels of mixed waste, e.g. due to classification, single-family residents may request a barrel of sparse that is cheaper and halved. Multi-dwelling residents can reconsider the number of grey barrels and reduce them if warranted, thus paying lower waste disposal fees.

The City of Reykjavik has taken the approach of inviting residents to choose the level of service that is right for them and to pay for the service accordingly. This allows residents to choose whether to use the services of a recycling or recycling centre, or whether to opt for recyclable waste to be picked up at their home.

At the top of the page you can find a calendar for waste collection at a home in Reykjavík.

Hvað gerist ef rangt er flokkað í bláa tunnu?

Waste that does not belong in the blue barrel can destroy recyclables that are already in the garbage truck. Before the barrel can be unloaded, you need to remove the misclassified waste. The barrel will then be unloaded on the next unloading day, after more than three weeks. If the barrel needs to be unloaded before then, you can:

  1. The City of Reykjavik will be contacted to request extra releases to be paid according to theschedule.
  2. Take the paper out of the barrel to the nearest weed control or recycling centre.

(Can't I combine this?)

Af hverju er pappír ekki rusl?

Paper sorting and return for recycling are both environmental benefits and more beneficial than placing in a grey barrel and processing in the Elbe. Paper is a resource that can be used for various things if it is grouped away and returned for recycling.

Paper returned for recycling is mechanically sorted in the reception and sorting centre of Waste in Steam Nose to separate corrugated cardboard from smooth cardboard and paperboard. The material is pressed and bagged and then transported to Sweden for further sorting and recycling. For example, recycled paper and cardboard includes toilet paper, kitchen paper, newspaper paper, and karton used to make new packaging. From recycled corrugated cardboard a new corrugated cardboard is produced.

Hvað verður um pappírinn?

Paper is a resource that can be used for various things if it is grouped away and returned for recycling. The sorting of paper and cardboard and the return for recycling are both environmental benefits and more beneficial than placing them in grey barrels and processing in the Elbe. That's why the blue barrel is cheaper than the grey one.

Paper material returned for recycling is mechanically sorted in the reception and sorting plant of SORPU Bs. in Steam Nose to separate corrugated cardboard from smooth cardboard and paper. The material is pressed and bagged and then transported to Sweden for further sorting and recycling. For example, recycled paper and cardboard includes toilet paper, kitchen paper, newspaper paper, and karton used to make new packaging. From recycled corrugated cardboard a new corrugated cardboard is produced.

Hvað get ég gert við pappírinn?

Paper and cardboard can be disposed of at the following locations:

  1. Blue Barrel of the City
    Orders must be placed, and residents can usually start sorting it as soon as it has been delivered.
  2. Recycling plant
    There are six such stations at Headquarters, but many other categories of recyclables can equally be returned there. Click here to access maps and information about recycling plants.
  3. Grenadier Station
    There are 57 such stations within Reykjavik where, in addition to paper and cardboard, you can return plastic and, in some cases, returnable packaging and clothes. Click here to access a map of terminals

Grey Bin and Thrifty Bin

Hvað má setja í gráa tunnu og spartunnu?

To a grey barrel (including a sparge barrel) is mixed household waste. Mixed waste of the household:

  • Food leftovers
  • Food infested packaging
  • Composite packaging
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Disposable diapers

Loose metals may also be deposited in the grey barrel:

  • Canned dumplings
  • Sprinkler candles
  • Aluminium trays and lids

However, let's note that they can also be returned to recycling centers, whereupon a higher percentage goes to recycling.

What must not be placed in the grey barrel:

  • Recyclable paper and cardboard
  • Textiles
  • Cans or bottles with return charge
  • Garden Waste
  • Masonry Fragmentation
  • Minerals
  • Coarse waste, such as timber and fragmentation metals
  • Electrical apparatus
  • Batteries
  • Spillage material
  • Drugs

Þarf ég að panta gráa tunnu eða spartunnu?

Residents must have access to a barrel of mixed waste at their home.

The grey barrel is under mixed waste with a capacity of 240 l, but note that in households with a low level of mixed waste, junior residents may request a spar of 120 l and cheaper than a grey barrel.

Multi-residential residents may request 660 l kari if conditions permit.

Hvað kosta grá tunna og spartunna?

For information on the price of a grey barrel and a sparge, please refer to the Waste Shipment Chart.

The fees are charged using the property fees, and in Reykjavik they are based on the number of barrels, container size, shepherd's rate, distance to go to unload the container, and the type of waste, and will be subject to changes starting from the week the change in barrels is requested.

Hvað eru grá tunna og spartunna tæmdar oft í mánuði?

Grey barrel and sparge barrel are emptied equally every 14 days.

In the Waste Calendar, you can see when your garbage will be picked up. Please note that the calendar is set up according to the neighborhood of the city.

Hvað gerist ef rangt er flokkað í gráa tunnu og spartunnu?

If the product is incorrectly classified in the grey barrel, it is not discharged. Before the barrel can be unloaded, you need to remove the misclassified waste. The barrel will then be unloaded on the next unloading day, after more than two weeks. If the barrel needs to be unloaded before then, you can:

  1. The City of Reykjavik will be contacted to request extra releases to be paid according to the schedule.
  2. Take the misclassified waste out of the barrel to the nearest crushing or recycling plant.

Operators

Hirðir Reykjavíkurborg sorp hjá rekstraraðilum?

The operators to whom waste falls shall be entrusted with the collection and treatment of that waste themselves. The City of Reykjavik is responsible for ensuring that waste collection takes place within city limits and for ensuring that infrastructure is in place to ensure proper waste management. Operators have a free hand in negotiating with private operators the classification of waste that falls to or from the enterprise.

SORPA bs. accepts sorted waste from private recipients at reception centres, but the parties are free to choose the means they prefer for recyclables. Private operators of mixed wastes are responsible for bagging and packing wastes before returning them to their disposal site in the Elbe.

Get ég fengið tunnu undir endurvinnsluefni á minn vinnustað?

The city's blue and green barrels are only available for homes in Reykjavik, but are not available for businesses and organizations. They can return classified waste to recycling plants. Operators do not pay for the return of recyclables before paying for mixed waste and other waste categories according to the SORPU tariff bs.

A number of service providers also provide barrels under recyclables and their transportation for agencies and companies across the country.

Any other questions?

Contact Us: sorphirda@reykjavik.is

Phone Number: 411 1111