WDR / SAT1: 42% organics in residual waste - Bonn launches biowaste bin 2.0 with biofilter-lid
The city of Bonn has launched a pilot project with bio-filter lids to combat the high organic content of residual waste. Around 42% of the residual waste in Bonn currently consists of organic material. The city and bonnorange are determined to change this. Organic waste is a raw material and is collected in the organic waste garbage can and turned into compost and biogas. The residual waste is incinerated. 3000 bio garbage cans with bio filter lids have already been installed and citizens will be asked about their experiences during the project.
In Bonn the bio ton is usable only since beginning of the year also as food ton. Discussions about a climate-damaging weekly collection due to the odor nuisance caused by the now differently used organic waste garbage can should not arise in the first place: High costs, skilled workers and vehicles that are lacking for a weekly collection, increased CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions in the city due to disposal traffic - our bio garbage can with bio filter lid can take all this off the table.
Even electric or hydrogen drives would use an energy that has to be generated and can be better used in other ways than picking up half-full bio garbage cans every week due to odor nuisance. Incidentally, the city of Koblenz has already switched from weekly collection to fortnightly collection with a filter lid in 2020. The old garbage cans in Bonn are 100% recycled.
We would like to thank ESE GmbH as well as c-trace GmbH and of course Bonnorange for their excellent cooperation on the project. Together we have created the conditions for food waste in Bonn to be better off in the organic waste garbage can than in a plastic bag in the residual waste. Because in the organic waste garbage can, the citizen no longer notices the smell at all.
We hope that citizens will also use this service for better separation behavior, because organic waste is a raw material for valuable compost and biogas.