3 bin system
The blue bin - and the paper cycle blooms
The AWM collects 75 kilograms of wastepaper per person per year.
Recycling starts at sorting plants in the Munich municipal area.
For 1 kilogram of recycling paper, around 1.2 times as much wastepaper is needed. This means that 75 kg of old paper becomes 62.5 kg of new paper. Consequently, the 62.5 kilograms provide a Munich resident with a one-year supply of these 1169 paper products:
- 700 filter bags
- 300 tabloids
- 104 rolls of toilet paper
- 52 love letters
- 12 gardening magazines
- 1 plant catalogue
The brown bin get nature´s cycle going
According to statistics, 28 kg of bio waste per person lands in the bio bin each year. In composting plants in Munich and the surrounding area, the organic waste is processed into quality compost. The result is an average of 20 litres of compost per resident per year.
The compost is used in agriculture and gardening. When mixed with supplementary materials, such as composted bark and wood fibre material, the result is potting compost. Everyone in Munich could give an energy boost to many potted plants with this - each person would have enough compost for 2.5 balcony flower pots, each 80 centimetres long.
Cosy warm greenhouses, provided by the grey bin
After the waste has been separated, 244 kg of residual waste remain for each Munich resident per year.
Waste incineration produces district heating and electricity. The energy from the plant in Munich North is fed into the municipal supply network. The energy gained by incinerating the residual waste amounts to around 865 gigawatts per year.
These 865 gigawatts could let Munich bloom luxuriantly. Because this quantity of heat would be enough to heat more than 14,400 nursery greenhouses for garden and balcony plants for an entire year.