Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Hou, Zhikun

Project Center

Copenhagen, Denmark


In light of Denmark’s goal of increasing municipal recycling rates to 50% by the year 2022, the purpose of this project was to assist the Danish Waste Association in increasing household paper and cardboard collection. To achieve our goal, we analyzed information collected from research, interviews, and on- site visits. By speaking with multinational stakeholders and some of the country’s largest waste management companies, we found the impacts that specific collection methods have on recycling, including the collection of mixed paper and cardboard, used beverage cartons, and contaminated cardboard. Finally, we developed three decision matrices which will aid municipalities in increasing their collection and recycling rates.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering