In order to welcome you we have compiled information about your new hometown.
Get to know the town’s walking and cycling paths, activities and swimming pools but children under 18 get free access to pools.
Children and youth in Hafnarfjörður have access to good education, after-school activities and recreation activities.
Practical information about buses, waste collection, street cleaning, traffic, animal control and more.
Hafnarfjörður hopes to secure financial and social security for all residents. Find out what support is available.
Enjoy culture in Bæjarbíó cultural house, at various museums or attend exciting events.
You can stay at great hotels, hostels or at a family friendly campsite in town.
You can find a lot of outdoors activities and various recreations in Hafnarfjörður.
Check-out upcoming events, or register a new one.
Search for employees or available jobs in town.
Hafnarfjörður Town council consists of 11 municipal representatives. All town council meetings are broadcast live.
Here you can find the town's fees for children, sports and activities and support services.
Contact us with ideas, suggestions, problems or emergencies.
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With an increase in inhabitants and increased consumption, it is important to consider sorting our waste so that it can be reused or recycled instead of landfilled. The circular economy is an economy where goods, objects and materials retain their value and usability for as long as possible. The goal is to minimize waste generation and pollution and reduce resource use by circulating goods and raw materials and thus increasing the lifespan of the planet’s resources.
With an increase in inhabitants and increased consumption, it is important to consider sorting our waste so that it can be reused or recycled instead of landfilled. The circular economy is an economy where goods, objects and materials retain their value and usability for as long as possible. To recycle goods and raw materials, thereby increasing the lifespan of the earth’s resources. Household waste is the waste generated by households in their daily life and is collected separately and returned to waste containers, local containers or recycling facilities. Homeowners pay a garbage collection fee accrued through the property fees for having their household waste collected from their home, as well as to support nearby operating recycling stations. But do you know what happens to your household waste?
Terra, a waste collection company based in Hafnarfjörður, collects waste from the municipal waste containers in dual waste collection trucks driven by methane. Two waste categories are disposed of at any given time, food scraps and mixed waste every 2 weeks and plastic packaging and paper/cardboard every 4 weeks according to the garbage collection calendar. From there, household waste is transported to Sorpa’s operating units in Gufunes and Álfsnes. Sorpa is owned by municipalities in the capital area, but their role is waste management in accordance with the statutory obligations of the municipalities. At Sorpa’s facility in Álfsnes, each waste category is discharged to an appropriate collection and sorting facility.
Food scraps go to GAJU, a gas and composting facility, and are reused for composting and methane production. The nutrition from the compost bin goes back into the cycle, and the methane, for example, drives Terra’s garbage collection trucks. Mixed waste is minced and metals mechanically sorted, then baled and landfilled at the landfill site in Álfsnes. Work has begun on sending combustible waste to Stena Recycling AB in Sweden, which is Sorpa’s recycling companion. By doing so, Icelandic waste will be used for energy production in Sweden instead of being landfilled in Iceland.
All residents of Hafnarfjarðarbær are required to put their household waste into appropriate waste containers near their home and deliver other waste to local recycling facilities. Residents of secondary dwellings that do not have a property number are also required to collect and recycle their household waste into four categories, but it is a matter of agreement between the landlord and the tenant, whether the tenant has access to the landlord’s waste containers or has their own container.
Sorpa operates six local stations in Hafnarfjörður. All locations have containers for paper, plastic and glass, as well as clothing containers from RKI and bottle containers from the Scouts at some of the locations. A large metal container is located near the Fjörður station.
If you are in doubt about how to sort your household and/or construction waste, a detailed search engine can be found on Sorpa’s website. It also allows you to see if, where and where the waste goes to recycling or reuse.
General information on the four categories of household waste
Specific information on waste collection in Hafnarfjörður
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