Each household has two waste bins. One for paper and cardboard only, and one for residual waste, plastic and food. The residual waste is to be put into a white plastic bag. Plastic waste goes into a blue bag, and food waste into a green bag. You will be provided with the blue and green bags or can pick them up from supermarkets.
Collection of plastic and food is now a citywide service. For questions please contact the Agency for waste management .
The paper/cardboard bin (labelled papir in Norwegian) is for:
Note! Paper, cardboard and cartons must not be soiled.
For the other bin, please do as follows:
Put the residual waste into shopping bags that are easily distinguishable from the green and blue bags. If you are in doubt, place the waste in the residual waste bag or call the City of Oslo Agency for Waste Management´s customer service for further information. The different bags will be separated by automatic optical sorting at the new sorting plant at Haraldrud.
Waste that does not fit into a normal shopping bag should not be thrown into the bin but delivered to a recycling station.
The Waste-to-Energy Agency (EGE) produces environmentally friendly energy from waste. Residual waste becomes light and heat at the two energy recovery plants Haraldrud and Klemetsrud in Oslo.
EGE has 200 employees. Pal Mikkelsen is the managing director. The agency is under the supervision of the City og Oslos Department of Environmental Affairs and Transport.
EGEs vision is to be a leading industrial actor within safe energy recovery and waste management. EGEs core values are: customer orientation, integrity, commitment and respect.
Receives and recycles
EGE receives and recycles waste from households in Oslo, neighboring municipalities and from private companies. The agency has a close collaboration with the Agency for waste management, that physically collects and transports the waste from Oslos households.
At EGEs optical sorting plant, green bags with food waste and blue bags with plastic packaging are separated from the residual waste and sent to material recovery.
EGEs clients include waste contractors and other municipalities. Waste represents a resource, and EGE receives waste in competition with other energy recovery plants in Norway and Sweden.
The two incineration plants have the capacity to receive a total of 410,000 tons of waste annually. From this, around 840 GWh of energy is recovered as district heating and about 160 GWh as electricity. This corresponds to the energy use of 84,000 households.
o Built in 1967 as the very first incineration plant in Norway
o Extended with an optical sorting plant in 2010
o Recycling and sorting capacity of 100,000 tons of waste annually
o Extended with a third incinerator line in 2010
o Recycling capacity of 310,000 tons of waste annually (09.01.12)
EGE produces electrical power using both steam from the incinerators at the Klemetsrud plant and methane gas generated by the old landfill at Gronmo. Collectively, these two sources provide enough electricity to cover the power need of half of the schools in Oslo.
Bjornholt School in Oslo is one of the largest in the city and benefits from locally produced electricity. The school has an annual electricity consumption of 1.7 million kWh. In addition, the district heating plant in Oslo supplies another three million kWh to heat the school.
The electricity originates from the utilization of steam, created in the district heating production process. This steam runs a turbine that generates power. A grand total of 160 million kWh of electricity is produced at the EGE plants each year.
EGE delivers electrical energy produced by steam turbines at the energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud. In addition, electricity is produced from gas generated at the old landfill Gronmo.
The high temperatures in the incinerators create large quantities of steam in addition to hot water. The steam is led to steam turbines that generate electrical power.
The landfill gas at Gronmo - generated by decomposition processes - produces electricity in gas turbines at the Klemetsrud plant. The landfill gas plant collects as much of the gas as possible and the gas is then transported to the Klemetsrud plant in underground pipes.
Role in the natural cycle
EGE´s electricity production utilizes the energy released by combustion of waste, and schools in Oslo use the renewable electricity. By recycling the city´s waste, Oslo can make use of valuable resources and produce green energy.
The gas created through biological decomposition processes of old waste at Gronmo consists mainly of methane gas. Methane gas is a heavy climate gas that increases the greenhouse effect, thus harming the environment. When the methane gas is incinerated, we remove a harmful climate gas from nature´s cycle, at the same time as we exploit the gas to produce non-fossil based energy.
o EGE produces energy-recycled electricity from Gronmo landfill equivalent to the power consumption of 1,700 house-holds
o Old household waste at Gronmo generates methane gas that is gathered, burnt and converted into electricity
o Gronmo landfill was established as a waste dumpsite in 1969 and closed in 2006
Source-sorted organic waste sacks and plastic waste sacks are sorted at the optical sorting plant at Haraldrud, in two separate trains. Each train with a capacity of 50.000 tons Optic readers sorts green and blue coloured sacks. Green for organic waste and blue for plastic waste. A third train of 50.000 tons will open spring 2012 at Klemetsrud.