What to Dispose as Residual Waste?

In 2010, Upper Austria produced about 170 tonnes of residual waste [1]. A considerable proportion of this mass would have been preventable. Basically, only waste which cannot be recycled or reused (which is not collected separetely) and which is free from hazardous substances has to be disposed as residual waste. Another criterion is the size: residual waste has to fit into the provided bins. Residual waste disposal, other than separated collection of waste material, is liable for charges. This means that a consistent prevention and separation of waste reduces the amount of residual waste and moreover the costs of disposal [2].

Reduced costs through recycled raw materials

Separately collected waste materials reenter the production cycle and replace raw materials. Since separated waste materials can partly be sold on the market, recycling reduces disposal system costs. Of course this doesn't mean that waste collection charges cannot rise in any case, but If everything were disposed as residual waste, apart from being unecological, this would be the most expensive way to get rid of our waste.



[1] Abfalldatenbericht 2010