Dåser og flasker mases sammen i baller, før de forlader Dansk Retursystem

Dansk Retursystem collects, sorts, separates and crushes bottles and cans and then transports them to factories that melt the materials to convert them into new bottles and cans.

Every day, 3.5 million tonnes of empty bottles and cans arrive at our factories in western and eastern Denmark. Here the bottles and cans are sorted by material to separate aluminium, glass and plastic.

Lastly, the cans and the plastic are crushed and the glass bottles broken.

The aluminium and plastic end up in massive bales with each respectively containing the equivalent of 21,000 cans and 9,000 plastic bottles.

Bales of compressed aluminium cans are loaded onto trucks and shipped to companies that melt them in large furnaces. Then the aluminium is extruded and rolled into a thin foil that is stamped out into new cans.

Bales of compressed plastic bottles are shipped to processors that sort the material again, wash it and crush the plastic into small flakes. These are melted to manufacture new bottles and other types of food packaging.

The broken glass is transported to a facility that sorts and separates the glass by colour and crushes it into even smaller fragments. Then these fragments are melted and turned into new glass bottles or jars.

Dansk Retursystem only collaborates with specialized plants and companies that are approved to manufacture food packaging. All material is sold under contract directly to the companies so that we can regularly monitor the quality.