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Existing, retrofitting
8 inlets and 8 self-emptying litter bins
1 + street litter
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The client

The City of Copenhagen

The project

A small pneumatic waste collection system collects the household waste from 150 flats and 120 restaurants/bars/offices/small shops in the well-known historical harbour area Nyhavn. Being a tourist hotspot all year around, it is essential to the image of the city that the quay and the streets are kept clean at all times. Since 2012 the street litter (ice cream paper, candy bags etc) as well is taken care of with the help of self-emptying litterbins connected to the Envac system.

The system was first inaugurated in 1996. In 2005 the original waste collection terminal was moved to give room for the construction of a new Theater House, the Skuespilhus.

The terminal was moved from street level to an underground bunker with an entrance door and staircase that are folded into the pavement. It does not take up any space at all when it is not being visited by for example maintenance staff or when the waste container is being shifted.

At this time the waste inlets were upgraded to a new model and a brand new control system was installed.

During the summer, when this popular tourist spot is crowded 24/7, the system transports approx. 60 tonnes of waste per week without any vehicle having to drive into the crowds to get it out of the area.

The casing of the litter bins in Nyhavn is designed by Architecht Erik Brandt Dam, Denmark.



Basic project information

Type of development City

Waste collection capacity 3 tons per day

Country Denmark

City Copenhagen

Client The City of Copenhagen

Envac contract awarded 1996

Launched 1996 and then extended

Design parameters

Type of project Retrofitting in historical area

Type of system Stationary vacuum system

Pipe network dimension (mm) 500

Pipe network length (mts) 500

Nr. of waste fractions 2

Type of waste fraction General waste and Street litter

Nr. of storage tanks (MOVAC) N/A

Number of apartments 150

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