project | 16.04.2020

Waste management concept for the joint local waste management authority of the Trier region (Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Region Trier - A.R.T.)

The A.R.T. members include the rural districts of Trier-Saarburg, Bernkastel-Wittlich, Vulkaneifel and the Eifel district of Bitburg-Prüm as well as the City of Trier. The joint local authority is the waste disposal provider under public law for its members and is responsible for municipal waste disposal within the joint area.

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©Photo: A.R.T. Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Region Trier

A total of around 530,000 people live in the A.R.T. area, whose area is almost twice that of the State of Saarland. In addition to four disposal and recovery centres, a recycling depot and other spoil landfill sites, the A.R.T. also maintains a network of biowaste collection points and compost sites for the acceptance of biowaste and for the recovery of garden waste. Regent GmbH (100 % subsidiary of A.R.T.) operates a mechanical-biological drying plant (MBT) in Mertesdorf. In addition to the customer centre in Trier, A.R.T. also maintains its own fleet for the collection of different types of waste.

According to section 6 of the State Recycling Management Act of Rhineland-Palatinate (Landeskreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz - LKrWG), A.R.T. must produce a waste management concept (WMC) and update it every five years. In 2014, bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH produced its first WMC for the whole of A.R.T. Before then, there had been no uniform concept in A.R.T. Instead the WMCs of the individual joint local authority members or the resolutions of regional decision-making committees were decisive for continued development of the municipal WMCs. The concept produced in 2014 is now to be updated and adapted to the requirements set in the "Guidelines on producing WMCs" issued by the Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry of Rhineland Palatinate.

In addition to a comprehensive survey of the development waste quantities and changed organisational structures, it will also include a forecast of the development of waste quantities up to the end of the new WMC as well as a description of the measures to maintain and promote the different steps of the waste hierarchy.