Project start: Separate collection of kitchen waste in Regensburg
The actual status with above-average, high separate green waste collection and disposal of private kitchen waste via the residual waste bin was compared with the introduction of a "biobin" as a collection system or bring system.
Simple or consolidated bring system?
Solutions were drawn up from a "simple bring system" to fulfil statutory obligations through to a "consolidated bring system". Ecological and economic comparisons led to the recommendation that a consolidated bring system be introduced, tailored to the local conditions in Regensburg. This led to a slight shift from green waste in the biobin and, with an appropriate number of recycling bank locations (approx. 2,000), achieved a similar ecological result as the extensive introduction of the biobin – however, at significantly lower costs.
Recycling depot, recycling bank island, collection point and neighbourhood biobin
With the installation of biowaste recycling banks in the central recycling depot, on recycling bank islands, in green waste collection points and as neighbourhood biobin, individual implementation for Regensburg is possible. However, the bring system poses a challenge for the city: In the case of standing areas in the World Heritage area with old city, disputes, for example with the building conservation department, are inevitable. To this end, standing areas for communal bins in the private and public area must be created.
The city council followed the recommendation and at the same time decided on an intensive information and participation process, which aims at achieving pragmatic implementation based on acceptance. Construction of the city's own recovery plant was not recommended.