Ørsted’s landfill ban
In June 2021, we committed to reuse, recycle, or otherwise recover all blades from newly decommissioned onshore and offshore wind farms.
We’re following new recycling innovations closely and working with commercial and academic partners to develop our own approach. If it takes longer than anticipated to find recycling solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and commercially viable, we will store any decommissioned blades temporarily instead of sending them to be landfilled.
Solutions on the horizon
With many of the earliest wind farms around the world approaching decommissioning, blade recycling is a high priority for the wind industry. Technologies are already emerging for recycling existing types of blades – for example turning them into fibre boards for flooring and walls.
Meanwhile, blade manufacturers like Siemens Gamesa have recently begun deploying new materials
in their blades, making them more easily recyclable in the first place.