Freiburg Waste Management

Freiburg regularly tops the list in waste management statistics. Already 20 years ago, Freiburg faced the issue of increasing waste accumulation with targeted measures. The top priority was waste prevention, followed by recycling of reusable materials and the environmentally friendly disposal of residual waste. These activities mirror themselves again in numbers: within 15 years it was possible to decrease the annual residual waste per resident from 190 kg to 109 kg. Parallel to this, the recycyling rate of Freiburg waste raised from 25% to over 69%.

In a lecture we will present Freiburg’s way of waste management. The lecture can be combined with a visit to the Recycling Station, a recultivated landfill which uses landfill gas and solar energy and a biogas and compost system for organic waste.