The Municipality of Aarhus: Reducing Climate Impact by Making Waste Useful

The Municipality of Aarhus participates in the project From Building Waste to Building Gardens. Christian Brødsgaard Eschen, the project manager and experience economist employed by the Municipality of Aarhus, says that the municipality is greatly interested in the interaction between municipality, the business community and civil society – this is the main motivation for municipality’s active participation in the From Building Waste to Building Gardens project. “This project,” he say, “represents an exciting narrative in which waste generating companies attempt to recover their waste, putting it to good use, instead of letting it end up at the incineration plants, for example. When waste thus is made useful in urban agriculture, it entails a decrease in consumerism, whereby we reduce climate impact.”

When it comes to solving the challenges inherent in gathering suitable PVC waste products, which are eligible for urban agriculture, the Municipality of Aarhus has a wealth of previous experiences that it can draw on. The Municipality of Aarhus has a modern recycling facility, ReUse, which also serves as a kind of communication centre, where one man’s waste becomes another man’s treasure. “I think it would be ideal,” says Christian Brødsgaard Eschen, “if we had more of these “exchange bureaus,” where sorted PVC waste is given to people, who accordingly can be used in their urban gardens.” In this practice, he furthermore sees potential for the emergence of socioeconomic companies that can offer an alternative form of job activation, where people can work with the construction and sale of attractive vertical city garden, upon which green companies can be based in the future.