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MSc ETIA student reports on the excursion “Waste Management”

ETIA11‘s second excursion was committed to Waste Management. After having finished another Monday exam, the students were ready for some fresh air as January 21st 2019 was a sunny day.

During the bus travel, Dr. Therese Schwarzböck from TU Wien provided us with an overview of the excursions’ destinations. Half an hour later we arrived at our first stop: Nemetz Sorting and Recycling Facility in Leopoldsdorf close to Vienna. 

It is one of eight Austria’s plants dedicated to sorting Municipal Solid Waste, approximately 8000 tons of waste of “der gelbe Sack” are treated there per year. Nemetz’s services includes disposal of a variety of waste materials, transport services, container services and trading of scrap metal. It was interesting to learn about the recycling market which influences along with EU regulations the development of the recycling industry. Moreover, the image of waste neatly packed into squares for further transportation gave rise to an oppressive feeling. As if one would observe contemporary art, but along with the knowledge of its environmental impact, the image lost its naive beauty.

Our second halt was a treatment plant of Prajo-Recycling GmbH, which is part of PORR since 2013. The company is specialized in recycling of construction and demolition waste like brick stones, recycling concrete, asphalt granulate and gravel crushed rocks. The recycling undertaken by this plant forms one step towards the fulfilment of the objectives of the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC). In particular, Article 11.2 stipulates that ‚Member States shall take the necessary measures designed to achieve that by 2020 a minimum of 70% (by weight) of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste…shall be prepared for re-use, recycled or undergo other material recovery. According to the European Commission‚ construction and demolition waste (CDW) is one of the heaviest and most voluminous waste streams generated in the EU. It accounts for approximately 25% - 30% of all waste generated in the EU.’

The students of ETIA 11 returned to Vienna after having gained a hands-on-reality experience in Waste management.

We want to express our special thanks to the organising professors Prof. Fellner and Dr. Schwarzböck as well as our ‘tour guides’ and the CEC.

Report by: Olivia Klemmer, ETIA11

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