The disposal and recycling center EWW of the District Neu-Ulm – Perfect Combination of Material and Energy Recycling, Germany

The AWB Neu-Ulm, which is responsible for waste disposal in its district, supports its citizens both in the material and energy recycling of their waste. The interaction and mutual complementation of the WTE (waste-to-energy) plant and EWW (disposal and recycling center) create extremely positive synergies

The WTE plant of the district of Neu-Ulm has been in operation for almost 30 years and guarantees a trouble-free disposal of the residual waste of the region and utilizes the energy contained in the waste. The plant has always technically been kept up-to-date and has been operated with maximum availability and at the best degree of efficiency.


The concept of maximum energy utilization and "best" recycling of waste has prompted AWB to utilize further heat flows generated in the plant and to make them available as district heating. In this context, heat exchangers have been installed to recover the heat present in the exhaust gas as well as the residual energy of the generated steam previously used in the turbine. These measures have significantly improved the efficiency of the entire plant.
Photo from Google Maps: The EWW in the upper half of the picture, and the WTE plant, lower half of the picture, are in the immediate vicinity - visitors only have access to the EWW to deliver waste.

EWW: A further component in the optimization of waste recycling is the increased material use of several waste fractions. The new disposal and recycling center was built in the immediate vicinity of the WTE plant, where both private individuals and businesses can deliver their waste.  

After controlled access to the site, citizens can deposit their recyclable materials free of charge in the containers provided. This applies to selected fractions which can be accepted here: 
Paper, cardboard, cartons
Batteries, car batteries
fluorescent tubes                                                    
Iron scrap (FE)                                     
Non-ferrous scrap (NE)                                     
Recovered glass (white, green, brown) 
Old clothes  


The EWW is not a complete recycling center and has a limited collection volume. In addition to recycling, it also serves to decouple deliveries by private individuals and small businesses. These can move around the EWW site in a controlled manner and thus do not "disturb" the operation of the WTE plant and the delivery there by the waste collection service (building depot). Tradespeople visit the plant preferably on working days, on Saturdays up to 250 deliveries are made by private individuals.
After the recyclable materials have been delivered, the delivery vehicle can be weighed and the waste (residual and bulky waste) can be thrown into containers by the deliverer. Only this part of the waste must be paid by the deliverer. The renewed weighing and payment is carried out prior to leaving the EWW premises.
The construction and operation of the EWW results in considerable quantities of resources being recycled. In addition, traffic jams and considerable waiting times during delivery to the thermal power plant, as well as the resulting hazards to private deliverers and staff, have been eliminated.