Bundled knowledge in presentations and articles

TOMM+C regularly provides speakers for waste management conferences, organised e.g. from DGAW, bvse, DECHEMA or VKS im VKU.


In the following you find presentations and articles of recent years with an abstract to download.


Recycling rates - Germany, Austria, Switzerland
  • New requirements for recycling rates and calculation methods after the entry into force of the waste management package
  • Starting point in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Consequences of the new calculation methodology for the recycling rate in a country comparison
  • Conclusion


Article in EU recycling: presentation "Recycling rates Germany, Austria, Switzerland" Recycling rates: recalculate instead of whitewash

The recycling rates for municipal waste in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are only well above the European average rate. However, this is mainly due to the previous calculation methods, as DGAW Honorary President Thomas Obermeyer emphasized on March 12 at the Berlin Recycling and Raw Materials Conference.

Read the full article here.



DGAW-Plastics-Newsletter 02/2018

Due to the multiple current reports in the specialized press as well as in the general and social media, the article entitled "Plastics in the sea - plastics in the field" from 12.06.2018 will be continued as a DGAW-Plastics-Newsletter.

Thomas Obermeier, CEO TOMM-C and Honorary President of the DGAW and Isabelle Henkel, DGAW's advisor, will summarize from time to time the status of media reports on the subject of plastics recycling, recycling and inputs into the environment. The focus will be on the current environmental policy debate, changes in the markets, and new technologies. Here you can find the complete Newsletter.


Does the new Commercial Wast Ordinance fullfil the claim of significantly increasing the recycling rate - or does ist remain a paper tiger?

New Commercial Waste Ordinance: Initial Position

  • Status quo - Municipal waste-like Commercial Waste
  • Opportunities and Risks to achieve the objectives of the GewAbfV
  • Forecast of the Development of Recycling Rates of Household-like Commercial Waste by 2030
  • Impact of GewAbfV for achieving the Recycling Rates of the waste Management Package


    Utilization of the energy content of waste for heat and electricity production as sustainable transitional solution towards "zero waste"

    Lecture and Discussion at the Round Tabele "waste and enery" of the City of Chemnitz

    Waste generation between recycling rate and „zero waste“

    • Implementation of the EU recycling quotas in Germany (commercial solid waste, organic waste)
    • WtE capacities in Europe and Germany
    • Imports and exports

    Energy and resource turnaround

    • Sustainable waste management as a link between energy and resource change
    • Contribution WtE to the energy supply of tomorrow
      Plastics in the sea - plastics in the field

      Do we have suitable concepts to stop the plastic entry into waters and soils?

      State of the discussion about the plastic recycling

      Not just the trade press, but all media channels, whether classical or social media, are currently flooded with reports about plastics in the environment, flanked by startling images of littered seas and landscapes.

      The waste management industry also discussed this topic on June 12-13, 2018 as part of the bvse "Plastics Day" in Bad Neuenahr and examined it from different perspectives. Especially in Germany, the topic has been given new impetus by plastic residues in waters and compost ...

        RETech-Workshop, IEexpo Shanghai May 4th, 2018

        • Waste to Energy in Germany and China

        An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.

        Recycling rates in Germany - Can Germany achieve the European Recycling Targets? Latest Data and Calculation Method

        • Currant Basis
        • Qutput-based Approach to determining the Recycling Rate
        • Result of the trilogue negotiations on the Waste Management Package Draft Guidelines of 23.02.2018
        • Recycling rates
        • New Calculation Method
        • Measures to achieve the Recycling Rate in Germany
        • Conclusion

        Waste to Energy - the contribution of waste management to the decarbonised Smart City

        Megatrends of modern cities

        • Urbanization
        • Transition to sustainable use of Energy and Resources

        Smart City

        • The role of waste management in the Smart City
        • Digitized waste management
        • WtE contribution to the energy supply of the Smart City

        Recycling rates – Can Germany achieve the European Recycling Targets?

        • Currant Basis
        • Qutput-based Approach to determining the Recycling Rate
        • New calculation Method of the Recycling Rate, Commission Proposal
        • Estimation of the Recycling Rate with the new Calculation Method of the European Commission
        • Result of the Trilogue Negotiations on Waste Framework Directive
        • Measures to achieve the Recycling Rate in Germany
        • Conclusion

        Demand for EfW capacity in Poland taking into account the waste hierarchy

          • Location of Mechanical-Biological Waste Treatment Facilities 
          • Location of Waste Incinerations Plants
          • Waste Quantities and Material Flows using the Example of Poland
          • Recommandations

             An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.


              Trends and Developments in the European Waste Mangement Market
              • Influencing Variables on Waste / Circular Economy Package
              • Status quo / Example Germany
              • Transfrontier Shipment
              • Development of Waste Mangement in Europe
              • Conclusion

               An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.



              New Calculation Method for Measurement of Recycling Rates and Influence on Recycling Quotas

              • Current methodologies for measurement of recycling waste
              • New proposal for calculation method
              • Impact on recycling quotas
              • Possible practical difficulties
              • How to overcome the obstacles 


                RDF & Waste2Energy in Europe

                • Export and Import of RDF in Europe 2015
                • Capacities of WtE plants in Europe 2015
                • Development of MSW and C&I waste streams for WtE plants under consideration of the targets of the Circular Economy Package
                • Comparison of GHG balances for disposal of MSW in the country of origin with RDF export and energy recovery in the import country

                An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.


                EfW in a country´s waste management

                • Waste Management and Climate Change
                • EEW Europe‘s Leading WtE group
                • Ukraine – EU
                • Example Poland
                • EfW industry´s recommendation

                 An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.

                Miracle of Recycling Quotas - Where do we stand before the next Trilogue meeting for the EU Circular Economy Package?

                The statistical figures for the Federal Republic of Germany from 2015 have been published since July 2017, and the trilogue procedure between the EU Commission, Parliament and Council in Brussels on the Circular Economy Package and recycling quotas is in full progress. Germany has its own ideas for their calculation.

                Where do we really stand based on the latest available figures?

                The authors have analysed the published waste balance for 2015 on their own and additional on the basis of the calculation method proposed in the Circular economic package by the EU Commission in December 2015. The result is disillusioning. Even in 2015 only 38% - 40% are actually recycled, instead of 67% how statistics will make us believe. According to the new EU calculation method, it is around 47% to 52%.


                The authors have been criticizing for years that recyling quotes for bulky waste such as paper & cardboard, glass, etc. being raised instead of focusing on strategic metals, rare earths etc. All in all, Germany and the EU place too much emphasis on stage 3 of the waste management hierarchy (recycling) and neglect levels 1 and 2 (prevention and preparation for re-use).

                You can download the full article by clicking on the header.

                  CHINA -  Critical Needs and International Opportunities

                    • Global and Chinese Growth in Population and Waste Volumes
                    • Chinese aims in Waste Management
                    • Chinas Incineration Projects
                    • Chinas Engagement in European waste assets
                    • Examples (Urbaser, Alba, EEW, Scholz, etc.)
                    • BEHL (Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited) 

                       An excerpt of the presentation is available on request.

                        Hazardous waste imports – Germany as Europe´s dump or sustainable waste disposal?

                          • Amount of hazardous waste in Germany
                          • Germany as main importer
                          • Exporters of hazardous waste in Europe
                          • Hazardous waste balance in Germany
                          • Imports ans Exports of hazardous waste to/from Germany
                          • Imported hazardous waste by types of waste
                          • Hazardous waste treatment
                          • Summary

                              Recycling rates – Do we continue cheating or are we able to succeed the new EU quotes?

                              • Recycling rates - overview
                              • The legal framework
                              • Presently admitted calculation methods
                              • Arithmetic examples
                              • Infuence on the recyclingrates
                              • closed substance cycle waste management – EU introduces the bills from commission, member states and parliament
                              • Timetable
                              • Industrial waste decree – lame duck
                              • New Industrial waste decree – right step
                              • New Industrial waste decree – timetable


                                Recycling & Waste World interviewed Thomas Obermeier

                                German Association for Waste management president Thomas Obermeier explains how waste went from being seen as a contaminant to a resource, why the UK risks again becoming the dirty man of Europe, and champions the leading role Germany can play in educating China and other countries. Geraldine Faulkner reports.

                                RDF-Import – sustainable solution or climate-wrecking waste tourism 2016
                                • Situation of RDF-Import / Export in Europe in 2013
                                • RDF-Imports to Germany in 2015
                                • Sustainable waste management
                                • waste treatment in Europe
                                • waste treatment in UK
                                • fulfilment of climate targets in waste management
                                • comparison of climate balance – waste treatement in UK / Europe of RDF
                                • conclusion
                                German waste management market 2016
                                • About TOMM+C
                                • RDF Import
                                • Waste Treatment Capacities and waste amount in Germany
                                • Economic and strategic drivers
                                • Gate fee wte plants
                                • Conclusion
                                New Calculation Method for Measurement of Recycling Rates and Influence on Recycling Quotas
                                • Legislative Basis
                                • Methods for Calculating of Recycling Rates

                                -          Input based calculation

                                -          Output based  calculation

                                • Influence on Recycling Quotas


                                Collaboration of waste management players in Germany on their way to cycle managent

                                      • value added chain
                                      • opinion leader in waste- and cycle management
                                      • exertion of influence on the cycle management design
                                      • associations, occupational groups, networking
                                            Niemieckie Stowarzyszenie Gospodarki Opdadami e.V.
                                            Platforma odpowiedzialnosci za produkty i ochrone zasobow naturalnych
                                            • Stowarzyszenie sluzace dobru publicznemu, aktywne od 1990 roku
                                            • Cel dzialalnosci : ekologiczny rozwoj gospodarki odpadami
                                            • niezalezny, wolny od wplywu interesow dialog
                                            • ca. 430 czlonkow stowarzyszenia

                                            German association for waste management e. V.
                                            platform for product responsibility and resource conservation (German accompanying commentary of
                                            Polish presentation)

                                            • Association of common public interest since 1900
                                            • Objective – environmental enhancement of waste management
                                            • open-minded and interest-free exchange
                                            • about 430 members


                                            Economy and sustainability of various organizational models in waste management
                                              • Waste management: Profitability and sustainability of different organisation models
                                              • Legislative requirements of waste management
                                              • Economic preconditions
                                              • Waste management: Cooperations models
                                              • Situation of Niederschlesien and comparision with Saxony
                                              • Conclusion for waste management in Niederschlesien
                                              • Recommondation for Niederschlesien


                                                Prospects of waste management
                                                • Legislative changes and innovations
                                                • Waste to energy
                                                • Scarce resources and sustainable waste management



                                                Presentation on the occation of 19. TASIMA (Conference of municipal waste management in Magdeburg)
                                                  • Situation of wte  in Germany
                                                  • Treatment capacity
                                                  • Degree of capacity utilisation and outlook
                                                  • Import of RDF
                                                  • Legislative regulations
                                                  • Situation in Germany



                                                  Recycling rates in conflict between waste statistics and political goals
                                                  • Recycling targets in the new KrWG
                                                  • EU-guidelines for calculation methods to determine recycling rates
                                                  • Discrepancy between statistically determined recycling rates and real recycling
                                                  • Approach to identify the real recycling rate
                                                  Models of cooperation in waste management – GML in comparison

                                                  Different models of cooperation like waste disposal authorities (municipal cooperation) and public private partnership

                                                  • Which consequences does the new KrWG implicate?
                                                  • Cooperation between GML and ZAK from 2015 on to ensure the disposal safety by the waste disposal authority