The Hamburg HafenCity is an example of urban redevelopment carried out in modern times, in a very particular situation: the ancient port that runs along the Elbe river. The greatest contemporary architects have ventured into creating different architectural types, the original buildings have been converted into theaters, art galleries and modern offices.

Crossing HafenCity was like visiting an exhibition of urban planning and modern architecture where you can also see original solutions for the position of the place that often floods during the high tides.

The tour of the port of Hamburg by boat, lasting over an hour was a unique experience. Crossing one of the largest ports in the world, has allowed us to see what from the ground one can not even remotely imagine what constitutes a port of such importance. An extraordinary number of ships, tugboats, containers, cranes and a whole series of huge loading and unloading equipment.



The cult-furniture, also called Sulogarbage cans produced by Herford‘s designer
Oliver Schübbe Oliver Schübbe works at OS2 Designgroup in Herford.
He makes recycling furniture and designs.
In the city of Herford, there are about 25 of his upcycled SULO garbage
He changed them to comfortable seats and spread them in the city.
There were many interested people who would like to buy these tons but there is no further production of this furniture.
In Herford‘s RecyclingBörse, there is one of his recycling-shelves called Frank.


German companies producing recycling machines
THM is located in Trier and focuses on shredding and granulating machines, which hack materials into fine pieces.
It is required to refine the used materials, to be able to recycle them.
In the refinery process the shredded metal is molded and separated from any excess materials.
Trier-Ehrang is the home of Comes machine production. In 1967 they started to produce customizable recycling machines. Furthermore,
Comes is a producer of customized recycling machine “streets”.


General definition
Germany`s waste management
The Waste Management Act (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz)
• The Waste Management Act (KrWG) is intended to tighten resource, climate and
environmental protection regulations
• five-step hierarchy
1 Prevention
2 Preparation for recycling
3 Recycling
4 Other types of recovery, e.g. energy recovery
5 Disposal
Since 1 January 2015, sorting is mandatory for organic waste, paper, plastics, metal and glass.
Natural resources are protected. Medium-term target is to recycle or dispose all municipal solid waste in an environmental friendly
The annual waste amount in Germany is about 463 kilograms per person.
This is a total amount of almost 37, 2 million tons of waste in private households only.
Germany‘s waste management is responsible for the entire waste cycle. Their tasks include collection, transport, sorting and the treatment of waste.
The company „Veolia“ , located in Herford, helps its customers to deal responsibly with natural resources.
This ensures that valuable substances and energy can be recovered from wastewater and water and be recycled.
The company offers high-quality services that are economical, ecological and sustainable.

OSKARRR Our Students Keep Active about Reducing Recycling Reusing
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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“The objects we discard aren’t trash. They’re a resource”
– the life-cycle of products
Every day, new products are designed, created and transported to their destination, where they will be used. When the time comes to get rid of them, it means that they have served their purpose, but the resources they are made of, can enter into an exchange with the environment at this point. In fact, the energy and raw materials that go into making products initially come from the environment, and that is where they go back to as waste and emissions.
Getting to know our products better means knowing more about their lifecycle and their environmental, economic and social impact. Four stages make up a product’s life-cycle: manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal.
The topic of our exhibition focuses on the aspects of recycling in general and reusing packaging and other materials. On our posters, we present
• national laws of our waste management;
• what companies do to comply these laws as well as innovative solutions;
• creative ideas concerning the topics of recycling and reusing.