Recycling in Oslo

Find out where you can deliver different types of waste, and what kind of items you can recycle in the purple and green bags.

Clean plastic packaging (the purple bag)

Remember to rinse the plastic waste if it is dirty.

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic containers, plastic pots, plastic tubs
  • Plastic packaging from meat/fish/fruit/vegetables etc.
  • Plastic bottles for detergent/shampoo/sauces
  • Plastic flowerpots
  • Coffee bags/crisp packets
  • Snuff pots

Food waste (the green bag)

  • Peeling/cores
  • Bread
  • Teabags/coffee filters/coffee grounds
  • Seafood
  • Leftovers meat/bones
  • Eggshells
  • Small amounts of soiled kitchen paper

Residual waste (normal grocery bag)

  • Nappies/diapers
  • Cooled ashes/barbecue charcoal
  • Pot plants/flowers
  • Candles
  • Broken toys
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Plastic tubes (when you are not able to clean them)
  • Small pieces of polystyrene
  • Cigarette butts
  • Soiled plastic and paper

Paper/cardboard (container for paper/cardboard)

  • Newspapers
  • Advertising material
  • Magazines/books
  • Envelopes
  • Milk/juice cartons
  • Pizza/cereal boxes and cardboard yoghurt packaging
  • Cardboard kitchen roll/toilet roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper

Glass/metal packaging

Take it to collection point for glass and metal packaging.

  • Alumimium packaging/foil
  • Glasses/bottles
  • Tin cans
  • Metal caps
  • Metal lids
  • Non-deposit oil/mineral water cans
  • Metal tubes
  • Tea light cups


Take it to a collection point for textiles, or deliver the waste at a recycling station. You can deliver both whole and wasted textiles.

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Curtains
  • Bedlinen
  • Worn out fabric/clothes/shoes

Garden waste

Take this waste to a garden waste disposal point.

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Windfall fruit
  • Twigs/branches
  • Weeds
  • Pot plants/flowers
  • Christmas trees


Take this waste to a recycling station, or return it to a retailer (it does not matter if you bought the item there, as long as they sell that type of goods).

  • Batteries
  • Electric toys
  • Mobile phones
  • Flashing shoes
  • Electric razors
  • Hairdryers
  • Computer equipment
  • Watches
  • White goods
  • Cables

Hazardous waste

Take it to a recycling station or an environmental waste station. Annual collection of hazardous waste.

  • Impregnated wood
  • Paint/wood stain/varnish
  • Glue
  • Waste oil
  • Chemicals
  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • White spirit

Oversized waste and re-use

Take it to a recycling station.

  • Cooking oil
  • Furniture
  • Car tyres
  • Wood
  • Scrap iron
  • Plastic chairs
  • Windows
  • Books
  • Larger amount of polystyrene
  • Flooring

For households, the waste management fee covers:

  • The collection and processing of sorted waste.
  • Systems for waste collection in your local area.
  • Self-delivery of waste to recycling stations.
  • Self-delivery of waste to self-service receiving stations.


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