Below please find the new pictogram-icons, which you will encounter at our Waste Recycling Stations. Click on each one and find out what the respective symbol stands for!

Re-use

May one pick items from the container for personal use?
No, sorry!
What will happen to the re-use waste? 
Most items from the re-use container are sold at a thrift shop in Rønne which is run by the Bornholm municipality. Some are donated to associations on Bornholm in view of use by themselves. 
Yes! We gladly receive:
• Items, which are likely to be sold at thrift shops and garage sales etc.
• Items, which could be of use for others
No, we would rather not receive:
• Waste which cannot be re-used
• Broken or damaged items

Wood for recycling

May one pick items from this container for private use? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to this category of wood?
Pallets and other wooden items from this category are crushed and have nails and screws removed. The wood is then processed into chipboard. Also painted and laminated wood is welcome.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Cupboards and wardrobes made of wood
• ”IKEA” – furniture
• Chipboard, MDF wood and plywood elements
No, we would rather not receive:
Impregnated wood
• Furniture with glass doors or huge metal tubes, etc.
• Superwood/thermowood
• Laminated floorboards
• Wood with roofing filt

Whole bricks

May one take home bricks found in our container? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to the bricks?
They are sent to Southern Funen, where they are cleaned from remaining mortar and sold to the building industry. (Bricks can only be delivered to the BOFA stations in Rønne and Nexø.)
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Whole bricks
• Half bricks
• All kinds of bricks
• ”Hasle klinker” (sidewalk/pavement tiles made near Hasle on Bornholm)
No, we would rather not receive:
Debris from walls
• Light concrete/gas concrete
• Items made from cement

Paper

May one pick items for personal use from this container? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to the paper?
Paper can be recycled for use in new paper products, which is how nature’s scarce resources can be saved.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Sheet paper
• Newspapers
• Glossy commercials/periodicals
• Books
• Non-glittering gift wrapping paper
No, we would rather not receive:
Cardboard
• Plastic-like elements from paper glued or stacked together
• Glittering gift wrapping paper

Medium-sized electronics

May one pick items from this container for private use? 
No, sorry!
What will happen to the medium-sized electronic items?
By far most of the materials inside of medium-sized electronic items can be recycled, which contributes to preventing a depletion of rare natural resources.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• All elektronic appliances measuring between 50 and 120 cm in length
• Vacuum cleaners
• Music systems, HiFi components
• microwave ovens 
• Photovoltaic panels (solar panels)
No, we would rather not receive:
• The packing material the products
once were sent in
• Electronic equipment containing batteries

Fluorescent tubes

May one pick items from this container for private use?
No, sorry!
What happens to fluorescent tubes?
By far most of the materials in fluorescent tubes can be recycled for use in new electronics.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Fluorescent tubes
• Fluorescent tubes from solariums
No, we would rather not receive:
Other kinds of light sources
• Packing material used for fluorescent tubes
• LED-based luminescent tubes
• Cardboard packing material

Printer cartridges

May one pick items from this container for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to printer cartridges?
By far most cartridges are filled with new ink/toner powder and re-used.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Whole printer cartridges, both for laser- and ink-systems, without cardboard packing
• Colour cartridges for copying machines – without cardboard packing
No, we would rather not receive:
Anything that is not a printer/copying machine cartridge

Household waste

May one pick items from this category?
No, sorry!
What will happen to the household waste? 
Household waste is treated as residual waste and burnt up in our incineration plant, which converts waste into district heating for large parts of the town of Rønne. Many valuable resources are thereby blown up the chimney.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Food packing
• Hygienic waste
• Food waste
• Dirty cardboard and dirty paper
No, we would rather not receive:.
Paper
• Cardboard
• Glass
• Metal
• Items that should be recycled otherwise

Landfill

May one pick items from this category for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to waste categorized as landfill?
Landfill is what is left when there are no more methods of recycling left. This waste is buried in a deep hole BOFA has dug not far away from its facility in Rønne.
Yes, you may deliver:
• Rockwool / Glasswool
• Bricks from chimneys and fragments of chimneys and furnaces
• Rubbish brushed up from streets and pavements
• Glass fiber
• Fragments of walls with paint
No, these need to be delivered to other containers: 
Bricks and fragments of bricks without paint
• Tiles and floor bricks from bathrooms
• Metal
• Glass / mirrors
• Clean construction materials

Windows

May one pick items for personal use from this container?
Yes, feel free to do so!
What will happen to the windows?
The glass is taken out of the frames and melted for use in new windows. The frames are recycled separately.
Yes! We gladly receive:
• Windows from both old and new houses
• Mirrors
• Glassdoors
• Windscreens etc. from cars
No, we would rather not receive in this container:
Jars, drinking glasses, etc.

Soft plastics

May one pick items from this container for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
Soft plastics are melted into new products at a facility outside of Bornholm.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Plastic packing foil from fire wood bricks/pellets, construction material, six-packs, etc.
• Bubble wrap foil
• Common plastic bags
No, we would rather not receive:
Plastic material from food packing
• Plastic foil used in agriculture

Hard PVC

May one pick items found in this container for private use? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to the hard PVC?
Items suitable for recycling are melted into new PVC tubes. PVC plastic is often marked with a triungular symbol with a number 3 inside or the letters ”PVC”.
Yes, we gladly receive: 
• Plastic tubes, cable supporting tubes, sewage tubes made of plastic 
• Trapeze plates
• Protective plastic panels (sweeping lists)
• Gutters and rain water tubes
No, we would rather not receive:
Empty liquid detergent bottles and containers 
• Plastic foot bath tubes and rain water barrels
• Plastic garden furniture

Metal

May one fish up items from the container for personal use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to waste metal?
The various kinds of metal are sifted and separated and melted into new metal products. 
Yes, we gladly receive:
• All kinds of metals
• Items which for the most part consist of metal(s) but which cannot be separated from the other materials
No, we would rather not receive:
Gas bottles
• Metal-looking plastics such as bags for chips and coffee
• Rims with tyres still on them

Large electronics

May one take items of this category home?  
No, sorry!
What happens to large electronics?
By far most of the materials inside of large electronics can be recycled, which contributes to preventing a depletion of rare natural resources.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Electric stoves
• Solariums 
• Washing machines 
• other large electronic appliances
No, we would rather not receive:
Refrigeration equipment 

Glass

May one pick glass items for private use?
Yes, if it is technically possible, you are welcome!
What happens to the glass?
Glass is melted down and used in new glass products. Please make sure that jars, bottles, etc. are empty and, if possible, roughly rinsed.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Jars for preserves
• Broken glass
• Glass bottles
• Flat glass from picture frames
No, we would rather not receive:
Glass from windows

Hazardous waste

May one pick items from this category for private use?
No, it is dangerous!
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Paint
• Chemical liquids and powders
• Plant poison
• Containers with suspicious, potentially environmentally damaging / poisonous contents
• Legally approved fireworks/firecrackers
• Thermometers containing mercury
Please contact our on-site surveillance personnel if in doubt
No, we may not receive:
Emergency rockets/ammunition/illegal fireworks – contact the police
Please note!
You are not allowed to deliver hazardous waste outside of open hours at those waste transfer stations which are accessible 24/7 via pressing a code at the entrance gate. In other words, when no surveillance personnel is around.
Only up to 5 litres/kilos of hazardous waste of the same type may be delivered  at each visit.

Asbestos/Eternit

May one pick items from this container for private use?
No, sorry, it is dangerous!
What happens to these materials?
Waste belonging to these two categories is carefully transferred to a special deposit facility, where potential emission of hazardous dust is under control.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Eternit, with or without asbestos
• Non-dust emitting asbestos or asbestos in composites
If in doubt, please consult on-site surveillance personnel or ring up our service line at 56925523.
No, we would rather not receive: 
Everything not containing eternit or asbestos. Please note, however, that many composite materials do in fact contain asbestos!
• Mere asbestos which is emitting dust in small or large quantities
If in doubt, please consult on-site surveillance personnel or ring up our service line at 56925523.

Clothing, shoes and textiles

May one pick items from this container for personal use?
Yes, if it is technically possible, you are welcome!
What will happen to clothing, shoes and textiles?
Clothes and textiles are sifted and re-used, or recycled. Recycled items are processed into textile fibres which then will be used to produce new clothes or as insulating fill.
BOFA would kindly ask you to drop clothes which are well kept or even new at a thrift shop or a garage sale. Most thrift shops are run by charities (Blå Kors, Sudan genbrug, Indre Mission). After open hours you may even just leave it, packed in a plastic bag, in front of the shop’s door.
Yes! We gladly receive:
• Used-up clothes with holes etc.
• Clothes, including underwear
• Textiles or similar materials
No, we would rather not receive:
Clothes which are in good shape and well kept – donate them to a thrift shop instead!
• Blankets, pillows and garden furniture cushions
• Clothes which are not inside a plastic bag

Tyres

May one take home tyres from this container for private use? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to the tyres?
Tyres are sent to a facility outside of Bornholm, where they are separated from the steel, which is recycled separately. The rubber is processed into rubber floors for playgrounds and sports halls.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Tyres from cars, trucks and agricultural machinery
• Tyres with rims
No, we would rather not receive:
Tyres from bicycles and motorcycles etc.
• Tubes for tyres

Soil

May one take soil from the soil dump for private use?
No, sorry!
What will happen to the soil?
The soil is analyzed and, if necessary, cleaned. It is used for landfill.
Yes, we gladly receive: 
• Soil
• Sand
No, we would rather not receive: 
Gravel
• Garden waste
• Lawn
• Stones from nature

Sanitary Ware and Porcelaine

May one pick items from this container for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to sanitary ware and porcelaine?
These items are embedded in huge industrial concrete elements.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Toilets, washing basins, etc.
• Empty flower pots
• Sewage tubes with glossy glass-like coating
• Cups and plates made of porcelaine
• Everything made of ceramics
• Pavement or bathroom tiles
No, we would rather not receive:
Glass
• Hardened glass
• Metal
• Flower pots which are not completely empty

Refrigeration equipment

May one take items of this category home?
No, sorry!
What will happen to refrigeration equipment?
By far most of the components hidden inside refrigeration equipment can be recycled for use in new electronic items.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Refrigerators
• Deep freezers
• Aircondition appliances 
• Heat pumps
No, we would rather not receive:
Anything that is not refrigeration equipment
• Refrigerators containing food

Batteries

May one pick items from this containenr for private use?
No, sorry!
What will happen to the batteries?
By far most of the batteries can be recycled for use in new batteries.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Alkaline batteries
• Button Cells / Coin Cells
• Lithium Ion batteries (Li-Ion)
• Zinc Carbon batteries
No, we would rather not receive:
Sealed lead acid batteries (Pb/SLA)

Small burnable items

May one pick items for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What is happening to small burnable items?
These items are burnt up in BOFA’s incineration plant in Rønne, which converts waste into district heating. Many valuable resources are thereby destroyed.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Pillows, blankets and cushions for garden furniture
• Worn-out shoes and boots
• Broken bags and suitcases 
• Broken toys without batteries
• Plastic items
No, we would rather not receive:
Cardboard
• Paper
• Glass
• Metal
• Items that could be recycled otherwise

Soft PVC

May one pick items from this container for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to the soft PVC?
This waste category is discarded and buried as landfill. Both soft and hard PVC often have a triungular-shaped logo with a number 3 inside or ”PVC” (Poly Vinyl Chloride) written on them.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Vinyl products, artificial leather, etc.
• Soft panels, sweeping lists, roof insulating foil, sturdy tarpaulins (trailer covers)
• Sturdy tarpaulins made of plastic and ventilation hoses
• Inflatable garden pools, watering hoses, bathing animals, etc.
• Sturdy rain clothes and rubber boots 
No, we would rather not receive:
Thin tarpaulins and cover-up foils
• Compressed air hoses

Sten ogStones and gravel / concrete and tiles grus / Beton og tegl

May one pick items from this container for personal use? 
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to stones, gravel, concrete, tiles?
Waste belonging to these categories is crushed and used as road fill.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Entire or damaged bricks without paint (except for Rønne and Nexø Waste Transfer Centres)
• Concrete from demolishings, also with rebar (reinforcement steel)
• Mortar / cement, also unused
• stones from nature
No, we would rather not receive:
Soil
• Paperbags from construction materials
• Construction materials/bricks from furnaces and chimneys

Plaster

May one take home plaster found in our container?
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to the plaster?
The plaster is separated from the paper and converted into new plaster plates.
Yes, we receive gladly:
• Dry plaster plates or lumps of plaster
No, we would rather not receive:
• Wood
• Plastic material, such as vapour barrier foil
• Wet plaster

Cardboard

May one pick items for private use from this container?
Yes, you are welcome!
What will happen to the cardboard?
The cardboard is cleaned from impurities and is recycled for use in new cardboard products.
Yes, we gladly receive: 
• Cardboard boxes
• Moving boxes
• Cardboard
• Clips, clamps, address labels, remainders from packing tape etc. are not a problem
No, we would rather not receive:
Paper
• Polystyrene (styrofoam)
• Plastic
• Wet cardboard

Small electronics

May one pick items from this container for private use? 
No, sorry!
What happens to the small electronics?
By far most of the materials inside of small electronic items can be recycled, which contributes to preventing a depletion of rare natural resources.
Yes, we receive gladly:
• All electronic appliances that are no longer than 50 cm.
• LED light bulbs 
• Cell phones
• Fire alarm units
• Cameras
• Tablets
No, we would rather not receive:
Batteries
• Appliances containing batteries

TV sets & screens

May one pick items from this container for private use? 
No, sorry!
What happens to TV sets and screens? 
By far most of the materials used in electronics can be recycled for use in new electronics.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Portable computers (”laptops”)
• Flat screens
• Screens of the old bulbuous type
No, we would rather not receive:
All electronic appliances not belonging to this category

Light bulbs & lamps

May one pick items from this container for private use?
No, sorry!
What happens to light bulbs and lamps?
More recently produced light emitters are disintegrated in safe environments, thus making it possible to have almost all components recycled. Some light emitters and lamps, however, have to be discarded for burying in landfill.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Common light bulbs
• Energy saving light bulbs
• Fluorescent tubes
No, these need to be in a different container: 
LED light bulbs (please put those into the”small electronics” container)
• Diodes

Upholstered furniture

May one pick items for private use?
Yes, you are welcome!
What happens to upholstered furniture?
These items were formerly classified as ”large burnable”. They are crushed into smaller bits and burnt up in our incineration plant, which converts waste into district heating for large parts of the town of Rønne. Many valuable resources are thereby destroyed.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Items that cannot be recycled otherwise and which are over 1 meter long.
• Upholstered furniture
• Mattresses with and without wooden frame
• Plastic garden furniture
No, we would rather not receive:
Items which easily could be taken apart and recycled otherwise.
• Items containing pressure impregnated wood

Impregnated wood

May one pick items from this category for private use?
Yes, you are welcome, but note that it is illegal to use this wood as firewood!
What happens to impregnated wood?
This kind of wood is transferred to specialized incineration plants, where it is burnt under specified conditions.
Yes, we gladly receive:
• Impregnated and pressure impregnated wood
• Superwood/Thermowood
• wood for outdoor use featuring a greenish colour, which shows that it is impregnated
No, we would rather not receive: 
Pallets
• Any kind of wood that is not impregnated

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