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From right to left: Christian Schulze from the AWS, Munich City Councilor Nicola Holtmann from the ÖDP/Munich List faction and Augsburg ÖDP City Councilor Christian Pettinger at the AWS in Augsburg
As an inquiry to the state government revealed, Augsburg is the absolute leader when it comes to collecting lightweight packaging and recyclable materials in the Free State: 30.8 kg per inhabitant ended up in the sun-yellow bin in 2019, for example. In contrast, Munich brings up the rear among the major Bavarian cities with a collection rate of just 5.7 kg per inhabitant and year. This discrepancy now called the ÖDP/Munich List faction in the Munich City Council onto the scene. In the past year, a delegation from the parliamentary group was sent to the waste management company of the city of Augsburg (AWS) to find out why the collection works so much better in Augsburg than in Munich. In the presence of the Augsburg ÖDP city councilor Christian Pettinger, AWS operations manager Georg Holder and employee Christian Schulze explained to the guests that the introduction of the sun-yellow bins in connection with the dense network of recycling islands would provide citizens with a very good opportunity to dispose of all lightweight packaging and also to dispose of other recyclable materials properly and thus to recycle them. It is hoped that this will save as much of the recyclables as possible from residual waste from incineration.
Pettinger explained that there would probably also be problems to deal with: “Unfortunately, the lids of the large sunny yellow containers are not spring-loaded and therefore difficult to use, especially for older people when loading. And the proportion of incorrect throws is also relatively high.” In the meantime, a remedy has been found for the containers by replacing smaller containers if necessary. The misjudgment rate was currently being examined by a scientific study. But all in all, the Augsburg numbers are impressive.
At the request of the parliamentary group ÖDP/Munich-List, the city councilors of the other Munich parliamentary groups should now also be given the opportunity to be heard at the beginning of October to obtain first-hand information about the Augsburg waste concept. Under the title “Munich on the way to the recycling bin – learning from Augsburg”, Mr. Holder from the AWS will answer questions from the Munich city councillors. “Let’s hope that the Munich council members draw the right conclusions from this,” said Pettinger.