After the scandal: Ratchet-director fired

the Director of Denmark's largest affaldsselskab, Vestforbrænding, Peter Baslund, has been fired. 'the Board of Vestforbrænding has relieved managing direct

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
20 September 2019 Friday 00:01
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After the scandal: Ratchet-director fired

the Director of Denmark's largest affaldsselskab, Vestforbrænding, Peter Baslund, has been fired.

'the Board of Vestforbrænding has relieved managing director Peter Basland for service and decided to open afskedigelsessag against him. The rationale for the proposed dismissal is that the board has use for a new profile for the future leadership of the company', says it on the Vestforbrændings website.

According to the press release gets Peter Basland the opportunity to comment in the issue before the board at the end of the month of October to hear the case on the new one.

Peter Basland has been fired at Vestforbrænding. Photo: Vestforbrænding

the Dismissal comes in the wake of the recent weeks, stories about the handling of plastic waste from the 19 copenhagen omegnskommuner, who together own Vestforbrænding.


Vestforbrænding has for years prided itself on, that recycles 75 percent of the plastic waste collected from the approximately 900.000 citizens in the 19 municipalities.

But in august could be trade newspaper Ingeniøren reveal through internal memos, the real number is significantly lower.

in Fact, only 31 percent of the collected plastic in the form of shampoo bottles, kødbakker and slikposer, who ends up getting new life on the sorting plant ALBA in Germany, where the waste is sent to from the Vestforbrændings plant in Frederikssund.

About Vestforbrænding

Vestforbrænding, Denmark's largest affaldsselskab, owned by a total of 19 hovedstadskommuner and handles waste for 900.000 citizens and 60,000 businesses.

for several years promised Vestforbrændingen, that 75 percent of the collected plastic waste from the individual households was recycled. The engineer could, in the last month reveal that it is only about 31 percent.

In 2018 sent Vestforbrænding approximately 3.200 ton husstandsindsamlet plastic to the German company ALBA, which according to the Engineer, in addition to recycle 31 percent, devoting 22 percent as energy use. What happens with the remaining 47 percent of the collected plastic debris, is not known.

See also: Tough times for recycling: Waste bill increases

Chairman of the board at Vestforbrænding, the mayor of Furesø Municipality, Ole Bondo Christensen rejects, Basland has been fired because of skandalesagen.

- If you are asking whether the board's decision is a consequence of plastsagen, so I would say no. It is not what is decisive. It's all about, that we will increasingly focus on recycling and green transition and would like to improve the school climate internally in the Vestforbrænding and also in relation to the ejerkommunerne.

- So it is a complete coincidence?

- the Board's decision is not linked solely to the plastsagen, if it is, that is the question. It is not so uncommon that a company needs a person, and even more are able to ensure a good cooperation internally in the organization.

In 2018 collected Vestforbrænding around 3500 tonnes husholdningsplast. The figure is expected to rise to 5500 tonnes in 2020.

In the 19 copenhagen omegnskommuner sorts citizens waste. Photo: Aleksander Klug

When Ekstra Bladet tried to get a comment on the matter from Basland earlier in the week, was the announcement that he was absent until 7. October. Ekstra Bladet tries to get a comment from Peter Basland.

See also: Millions of products get new packaging that can be reused

Updated: 20.09.2019 00:01
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