Piktogram for matavfall. En hvit epleskrott på grønn bakgrunn.How to sort food and garden waste

Households receive a kitchen bin for sorting food waste using biodegradable bags. Avoid hot or liquid waste in the bags and tie them before placing in the brown-lidded bin.

Bio waste bin

Place biodegradable bags in the bin with a brown lid. To prevent bags from freezing in winter, add newspapers or egg cartons at the bottom.

Examples of food waste

Includes fish and meat scraps, eggshells, bread, potato peels, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds/filters, tea bags, paper towels with food residue, flower remnants, etc.

Biobag distribution

Biobags are distributed once a year. Extra bags are available without additional cost. Attach an empty biobag to the waste bin, and the waste collector will leave a new roll. More can be ordered on the website or via the “Min Renovasjon” app.

Garden waste

If there’s room, small amounts of garden waste like grass, leaves, and twigs can be added to the food waste bin.

Blacklisted plants

Invasive non-native plants must not be disposed of in the food waste bin. They should go in the residual waste bin or be taken to a waste facility. Click here to read more about invasive plants.

Composting process

Food waste is composted into soil improver at Heftingsdalen composting plant. It’s mixed with lime and shredded garden waste, then laid out in covered rows. The rows are turned to add air, heating up to 70°C, killing harmful microbes. After 5-6 months, the resulting compost soil can be used in various green spaces, agriculture, gardens, etc., and is available for purchase at waste facilities.