The HJHansen Group is a family-owned group of companies with roots stretching back six generations. This means that experience, tradition and continuity play a decisive role in our company spirit.

From grocery shop to an international business

The HJHansen Group is a family-owned group of companies with roots stretching back six generations. This means that experience, tradition and continuity play a decisive role in our company spirit. The company was established in 1829 as a grocery shop in Odense, Denmark and has developed into a modern business with a ramified network of both national and international selling and purchasing channels.

Two different cornerstones

The HJHansen Group is compiled of two very different overall business areas – Recycling and wine trade.
– HJHansen Recycling Industry Ltd. A/S – A modern recycling industry and an international supplier of raw materials.
– HJHansen Vin A/S – A respected wine trade company with a wide range of wine products, a wide range of delicacies, coffee and chocolates. Additionally, HJHansen Vin A/S has its own chain of wine specialist stores in Denmark.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie, 3 kvinder i vinbutik fra 1829.


Merchant Jørgen Jacob Limkilde established a grocery shop in Vestergade in the heart of Odense. Today, more than 190 years later , the merchants house is a a welcoming and stylish headquater for the wine company.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie 1861. starten på genanvendelse


In 1861 his son, Clemens Limkilde, took over his father’s grocery store. Clemens Limkilde initiated a specialization of the grocery store, for example with crushing spices, a coffee distillery and actual product trade. Gradually, the trade in rags, glass, legs and iron is increasingly being put into system.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie fra 1888 hvor Hans Jørgen Hansen overtager forretningen, og starten på genanvendelse.


The product trade develops explosively as Hans Jørgen Hansen takes over the management after his cousin Clemens Limkilde. He sees serious business opportunities in buying and reselling cloths and legs. While the cloths are sold for paper production, the bone meal is utilized in compound feed or as additives in the chemical industry.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie 1890, stor skrotplads i Vestergade


During the 1890s, the trade in iron and metal became a more and more important part of HJHansen’s increasingly professional business base. This is not least due to increased marketing efforts with the presentation of iron and metal in the product catalog. Old horseshoes, plows, wrought iron scrap or barrel zinc are purchased from grocers, local blacksmiths and small product dealers. Once iron and metal scrap has been reprocessed, it is resold to iron foundries as well as other types of iron and metal industries.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie fra 1930. Stor skrotbunke, og starten på genanvendelsesrejsen


In the 1930s, the business expanded to include a car scrapping site as well as smaller product stores in other cities.

Historie, 1940. Her anlægger HJHansen sit eget havnebassin til ophugning af skibe.


In the late 1940s, the recycling industry moved into greater space by the Odense Canal. Here, HJHansen builds its own harbor basin for ship dismantling.

Sort og hvidt billede af frigatten Peder Skram, der skrottes af HJHansen - Historie 1949


In 1949, HJHansen solved a historic task: the dismantling of the Danish frigate Peder Skram, whose fire-conductor tower was erected in 1951 at the Port of Odense. Today, the tower is HJHansen’s landmark and can be seen from the channel side..

Genvindingspladsen fotograferet fra luften i 1970'erne. Rundt om på pladsen og på begge sider af Havnegade, kan man se stålhaller, som i slutningen af 1960'erne blev et nyt produktområde for H.J.Hansen.


HJHansen is expanding and in the early 1960s the yard covered over 100,000 m2.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Forretningen i Vestergade 97-101 fotograferet i jubilærumsåret 1979. Der udkom bla.a andet en særlig jubilæumsavis, spækket med gode vin- og delikatessetilbud.


In 1979, an important investment reaching into the future. HJHansen buys a shredder that offers significant strategic and economic benefits when it comes to iron scrap recycling. The shredder processes iron scrap to achieve a purity of up to 99%.


In 1992, HJHansen started using the Deep Sea solution at Lindoe Port of Odense. This means that vessels with a loading capacity of up to 35,000 tonnes can enter the terminal.


In 2000 Jens Hempel-Hansen was appointed CEO after his father, Hans Erik Hempel-Hansen. In the same period, HJHansen is investing in a new shredder with a main engine of 8,000 HP.

HJHansen Recycling Group har 175 års jubilæum, mange medarbejdere står med flag ude foran HJHansens hovedkontor i Odense.


I 2002 etableres HJHansen Sverige AB i Landskrona, og to år senere – i 2004 – åbnes kontor i Shanghai. Samme år kan HJHansen fejre 175 års jubilæum.

HJHansen Recycling Group. Historie fra 2002, hvor HJHansen investerer i topmoderne raffineringsanlæg


In the period 2002-2004, HJHansen invested in a state-of-the-art refining plant. With the help of metal sensors, the plant can sort metals into different types, and with the help of a camera and the screening of the goods the plant can sort out plastic.

HJHansen Recycling Group genåbner salgskontor i Kina i år 2010


In September 2010, our Chinese Sales Manager is hired and our Shanghai Sales Office is established.


In the summer of 2018, HJHansen invested in a significant renewal of the refining plant, so that better and cleaner sortings of the individual metals can be made.

Uniscrap icon


On May 10, 2021, HJHansen takes over the company Uniscrap, which has its headquarters in Taulov, a port area at the Port of Fredericia, and locations in Hasselager, Thisted, and Aalborg.

HJHansen Wind Decom Circle


HJHansen Wind Decom is established as a business division that offers complete solutions for the dismantling of wind turbines and the recycling of the many resources that the wind turbine components consist of.

In the same year, HJHansen takes over the activities of Rimeco Aktieselskab at Kolding Harbor, which has chosen to further specialize in the recycling and refining of metal, iron, electronics, and cables.

Skib på hav


HJHansen Recycling Group opens a new facility at Køge Harbor, thereby securing its 10th harbor site. It is important for them to solidify their ambition to ensure responsible production and handling of the scrap they receive.

Aflæsser skrot hos Vesterbro Produkthandel


Vesterbro Produkthandel and HJHansen Recycling Group have agreed to join forces, and therefore, HJHansen Recycling Group is taking over the majority stake in the West Jutland product trade company.

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