Name of the case study
Description of context
Plastic packaging is subdivided into 8 fractions (foils, hollow bodies, etc.) and the biggest part of it goes into substantial recycling which means that the material is processed and used again in other forms, the other part is used as a substitute for other combustibles now but will not longer be allowed to be burnt. From 1st of January 2004, 95% of all plastic packaging has to be collected.
Description of project - background
The municipality is obliged to reach as high a collection rate as possible for plastic packaging and with as little non-plastic substances included in the material collected as recycling as possible. ARGEV, one of the private companies which is authorised to collect plastic packaging in the area of Graz, started a pilot project in October 2001. This involved yellow bins used for the collection of plastic packaging have been replaced by yellow bags (those bags have been used only in rural areas so far). The notion behind this was that the quality of plastic in the bags is better than in the bins. This is because the bins contain 25 – 30% of incorrect material whereas in the bags there are only about 10% mistakes because no heavy things or metals can be disposed of in the bag without destroying it.
Description of project - objectives/aims
Description of project - time interval and stages
Description of project - financing
Description of project - other sectors involved
What tools were used to assess sustainability?
Waste management plan - pilot project "Yellow bag"