SORPA Municipal Association
ID No.: 510588-1189
VAT No.: 15528
SORPA is a municipal association jointly owned by the six municipalities in the Capital Area, i.e. Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, Kópavogur, Seltjarnarnes, Mosfellsbær and Garðabær.
SORPA’s Board of Directors consists of one representative from each municipality. These representatives must be either a member of the municipal government or the managing director of the municipality. The same condition applies to the alternate members appointed by each municipal government. The Board’s mandate runs for two years from the start of the term of office of the municipal governments. Members have voting weight in proportion to the population of the municipality they represent. Voting weights are reviewed at the start of each year, with reference to the population figures for each member municipality on December 1st of the previous year.
SORPA’s Board of Directors has the following members:
Birkir Jón Jónsson (Kópavogur) – Chair
Líf Magneudóttir (Reykjavík) – Deputy Chair
Ágúst Bjarni Garðarson (Hafnarfjörður)
Jóna Sæmundsdóttir (Garðabær)
Kolbrún G. Þorsteinsdóttir (Mosfellsbær)
Bjarni Torfi Álfþórsson (Seltjarnarnes)
SORPA’s Managing Director is Björn H. Halldórsson.
Memorandum of Association
SORPA’s Memorandum of Association states that the purpose of the municipal association is to deal with the handling of waste under Act No. 55/2003 for six municipalities in the Capital Area, all of which are founding members of the association.
SORPA’s operations are subject to an operating permit issued pursuant to Article 20 of Regulation No. 785/1999 on commercial activities that may cause pollution (cf. the Hygiene and Pollution Prevention Act (No. 7/1998)). This operating permit covers the location, nature and scope of the company’s activities.
The licenser and supervisory authority for the Receiving and sorting plant in Gufunes is the Reykjavík Health Authority; for the Landfill site in Álfsnes, it is the Environment Agency of Iceland.
Licensing and supervision for SORPA recycling stations is provided by:
Reykjavík Health Authority (Reykjavík)
Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur Health Authority (Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur)
Kjós Health Authority (Mosfellsbær)