Directorate of Public Works (DPW)
Solid Waste Management, Environmental Division
The Solid Waste Program is responsible for the planning, management and regulation of solid and hazardous waste. Operations include recycling, waste reduction, household hazardous waste, and pollution prevention and management of special wastes such as waste tires, used oil, batteries and mercury devices.
Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. Households create ordinary garbage. Industrial and military processes create solid and hazardous waste. The U.S. Army Baden-Württemberg Garrison's goals are to:
1. Protect the population from the hazards of waste disposal
2. Conserve energy and natural resources by recycling and recovery
3. Reduce or eliminate waste, and
4. Clean up waste, which may have spilled, leaked, or been improperly disposed of
Because everyone shares responsibility for reducing and managing these wastes, The Garrison's policies rely heavily on voluntary and educational programs. We promote and encourage the use of combined methods to manage solid waste. These methods include source reduction or waste prevention, which refers to any practice that reduces the amount or toxicity of waste generated and recycling, which conserves disposal capacity and preserves natural resources by preventing potentially useful materials from being thrown away.
All solid waste collection and disposal at the garrison, including recycling, is performed by contract with the city of Heidelberg. Oversight of the contractor is performed by the DPW Utilities Division.