Waste disposal

Waste disposal is a key element of a functional circular economy. Waste management requires sinks for the deposition of pollutants and contaminants and the exfiltration of unsuitable materials. Deposition should be kept to a minimum, be free of hazards and comply with ambitious environmental standards. Any remaining potential hazards at the disposal site are examined and assessed in environmental impact studies.

Waste disposal measures are in no way exempt from efforts for the realisation of valuable waste potentials. For instance, mechanobiological waste treatment plants allow the exploitation of minor material flows for material or energetic recovery. Waste incarceration plants may be optimised with high energy standards and full use of arising solid residues (metals, slags, flue gas residues). However, some form of residual waste material flow cannot be entirely avoided. Ultimately, these waste materials have to be characterised and allocated to different deposit classes according to their harmful potential. Old landfill bodies are anthropogenic resources that landfill mining can access.

2016 MGE waste balance for Berlin

The material flow, greenhouse gas and environmental balance for the year 2016 – the 2016 SKU balance sheet – provides an update of the impact of waste disposal in Berlin on the climate and the…

2014 MGE waste balance for Berlin

The material flow, greenhouse gas and environmental balance (MGESKU) for the state of Berlin is used to optimise waste management, taking into account climate and environmental protection issues, and…

Climate protection potentials in waste management

The study reveals significant international potential for greenhouse gas reductions in the waste management sector. This applies to newly-industrialised countries and developing countries, but also…

Berlin waste as a resource

The present study is an extension of the Plan of measures for the implementation of an exemplary climate-friendly waste management in the Federal State of Berlin. The goals included the support of the…

Action plan for the implementation of an exemplary and climate-friendly waste management in the Federal State of Berlin

The purpose and goal of the present study was the analysis of the waste management situation in the Federal State of Berlin including waste material flows and associated greenhouse gas emissions.…

Kreislauf

Climate Protection Potential in the Waste Management Sector. Examples: Municipal Solid Waste and Waste Wood

This research project has used the methodology of eco-balancing to examine the efforts of the municipal waste management sector – including the use of waste wood – in Germany, the 27 Member States as…

Tool for Calculating Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in Solid Waste Management (SWM)

Developing and emerging countries may improve their greenhouse gas (GHG) balance significantly by establishing sustainable solid waste management systems. The “Tool for Calculating GHG emissions in…