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Office of the Federal State Government of Styria, Department 14, Division Waste Management and Sustainability, Austria

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Introduction

Styria is the second largest state of Austria with a population of 1,200,000 (2011). The Division Waste Management and Sustainability of the Department 14, Office of the Federal State Government of Styria is dealing with the development of waste management plans based on the legal framework of the EU and federal and state law requirements and with the practical implementation of the necessary measures in terms of sustainability and waste management in Styria.

In Styria, the 542 municipalities are responsible for the collection of municipal waste. The municipalities form 17 waste management associations that are responsible for the treatment of municipal waste and the establishment of regional waste management plans that are oriented towards the Provincial Waste Management Plan Styria 2010.

The Division Waste Management and Sustainability of the Department 14, Office of the Federal State Government of Styria is supporting the municipalities and waste management associations in the implementation of waste management measures. Furthermore, the Office of the Federal State Government of Styria financially supports the municipalities in the installation of infrastructure for waste collection and waste prevention, as well as projects in the areas of waste management, waste prevention, awareness rising and the dissemination of information regarding sustainable development.

Styria waste management picture

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management introduced a waste prevention and recycling strategy in 2006 in order to further promote the prevention and recovery of waste. In 2010, the Waste Framework Directive was implemented into national law. A waste prevention programme was integrated into the Federal Waste Management Plan 2011 (Download Volume 1, Volume 2). Austria is at the forefront of sustainable waste management in Europe, 65% of the municipal waste is recycled, 14% is supplied to thermal recovery.


Since the introduction of its ground-breaking Waste Management Act in 1990, Styria has developed – supported by the private and public waste management industry - one of the most modern waste management systems and has the highest density of waste collection centres in the world. Altogether 61% of the collected municipal waste is recycled (paper: 98%, glass: 98%, organic waste: 97%, metal packaging: 90%, plastic packaging: 40%). All over the country residual waste is processed in a bio-mechanical treatment system; untreated waste is not deposited on a landfill site anymore. The information about the usefulness of the separate waste collection and the accompanying communication is carried out by the municipal waste advisors in the waste management associations. Particularly interested in benchmarking/comparing its performance to that of other European regions, the Division Waste Management and Sustainability of the Department 14, Office of the Federal State Government of Styria is looking forward to exchanging experiences and good practices within the R4R network.

Activities of the Office of the Federal State Government of Styria, Department 14, Division Waste Management and Sustainability

For the Divison Waste Management and Sustainability R4R was the first experience in interregional cooperation. Thanks to its ample Know-How, Styria was able to provide the project with sophisticated waste management and waste prevention strategies and good practices. The Divison’s current focus lies on areas such as “events without waste” (“G’scheit feiern”), ecological business consulting, improving the ecological footprint, reusable nappies, repair-networks, scrap car recovery and construction waste recovery. In addition to the partners’ common obligations, the Division Waste Management and Sustainability hosted the 5th Steering Group and the 5th EG meeting in Graz in 2014. You can download the handouts of the event for more information.

The Division Waste Management and Sustainability shared the following good practices with the other R4R partners and developed an implementation plan about R4R results.

Learn what competences, skills, and experience Styria is bringing to the R4R project, and where it still sees improvements.

For more information: Office of the Federal State Government of Styria, Department 14, Division Waste Management and Sustainability

Contact details
Office of the Federal State Government of Styria
Department 14
Division Waste Management and Sustainability
Bürgergasse 5a
8010 Graz
Austria

E-mail: Hofrat Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wilhelm Himmel
Telephone: + 43 (0)316 877 4323 

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