Biowaste in large housing estates
Working on behalf of Baden-Württemberg’s State Environmental Institute (LUBW – Landesanstalt für Umwelt Baden-Württemberg), bifa developed a workbook for improving biowaste collection in large housing estates. With moderation provided by bifa, the workbook was tested and developed further in a model project in the cities of Heilbronn, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. The initiator and funder of the project was the Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy Management (Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft) in Baden-Württemberg.
The objective was to find out which technical and organisational measures can be used to improve the often difficult biowaste collection in large housing estates. In many cases, below-average quantities of biowaste are generated there and an above-average fraction of, for example, plastics is found in the biowaste.
Many residents do not know how to separate waste correctly and why doing so contributes to climate protection.
Some of the housing estates also lack the space for separate bins and sufficiently large biobins. The Ministry for the Environment and its partners therefore started the model project in 2019 with the slogan "Biobin - Baden-Württemberg is contributing" ("Biotonne – Baden-Württemberg macht mit") and a large box of tools and campaigns.
"Practice should show which measures we can use to increase the biowaste quality and quantity in large housing estates. Thanks to the great commitment of the waste management and housing companies involved in Stuttgart, Heilbronn and Karlsruhe, we were able to compile a package of measures, which takes into account the particular need in large housing estates", said Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of the Environment, Franz Untersteller.
In the pilot project, the waste management firms and building management of large housing estates in the municipalities involved received a draft version of the workbook. bifa moderated the model project with interviews and workshops. The participants discussed their experiences from the pilot use and provided many valuable tips for needs-based further development of the documents. Based on this, the workbook was revised, and consists of guidelines, more than 20 project modules and numerous tools for implementation on site.
From the spring of 2020, the workbook will be available for all interested cities and rural districts and building management departments or firms. In addition, PR work material has been developed by lichtl Ethics & Brands GmbH.
Up-to-date information on the model project and the workbook can be found at:
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