Household waste is classified as combustible and is waste that burns without additional energy once a combustion process has started.

Household waste includes, for example, tissue paper, dye-ingrained paper, OH film, transparent disposable plastic bags, dishcloths, dirty plastic and paper containers and packaging, string, candles, plastic flowerpots, plastic cutlery, disposable mugs, disposable glasses and disposable plates of plastic, plastic tape round packaging, teabags, fruit peel and coffee grounds.

In laboratory activities non-contaminated gloves, plastic pipettes, pipette tips, Falcon pipes, Eppendorf pipes, labels, wads and serviettes are also counted as household waste.

Contaminated material (contaminated with, for example, chemicals, radioactive waste or infectious waste) is absolutely not included here and must be handled on the basis of the contamination, see “Part for laboratory activities”.


Household waste in placed in the container for the purpose. To avoid a sanitary nuisance bin liners for household waste must be tied properly and not torn.


A descriptive text (Swedish and English) and/or a symbol must be posted at waste management centres.

Storage at waste management centres

Plastic banks 660 litres.


The cleaners empty the containers for household waste in offices, kitchenettes and toilets. Then they take the household waste to the nearest waste management centre. Household waste is then collected by the waste contractor who takes the waste down to the large recycling centre under Aula Magna.

Final disposal

The energy in household waste is recovered by combustion in Högdalen thermal power station.

Specific legislation

NFS 2004:4   The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Regulations and General Advice on the Handling of Combustible Waste and Organic Waste.