Buchen/Karlsruhe. Following intensive discussions over the last few days, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft des Neckar-Odenwald-Kreises mbH (AWN), along with the city of Buchen, have made a breakthrough with regard to the mechanical biological plant in Buchen (MBA). An agreement has been reached to decommission the MBA some time this year. This decision was preceded by numerous discussions over the last few weeks.
It was no longer feasible to perform an economically viable technical refurbishment of the plant. In view of the distress caused to the local residents, which EnBW expressly regrets, as well as the planning uncertainties which affected all parties involved, EnBW has decided to decommission the MBA Buchen. The last delivery of waste will occur in the middle of the year.
“EnBW and the district are meeting their local responsibilities by means of the permanent solution that has now been found together with our partners. In this respect, it was and remains important to EnBW that our municipal partners are guaranteed a secure waste disposal service in the future, irrespective of this decision. To ensure that this is the case, EnBW guarantees that the waste will be disposed of in other plants. The solution found reflects the best possible combination of profitability and municipal interests,” said Prof. Dr. Utz Claassen, Chairman of the Board of Management of EnBW. “We must now pay special attention to the employees of MBA Buchen. Nobody should lose their job in the group as a result of the decommissioning."
After the discussions, Dr. Achim Brötel explained on behalf of the Neckar-Odenwald district: “We are now looking to the future, even though we had all hoped for a different outcome. Even in this situation, which was difficult for everyone, EnBW proved to be a reliable partner. The important thing for us is that, despite the decommissioning of the MBA Buchen, we have been guaranteed a secure waste disposal service and that AWN will not lose any money. Both of these guarantees were able to be given in the course of the constructive discussions. The solution that has now been found is good for the district and its residents. Now it is about giving the Sansenhecken site another chance. I therefore appeal to everyone to be open-minded and receptive to possible future uses of the centre for waste disposal and environmental technology.”
EnBW, the Neckar-Odenwald district and AWN have agreed to consider other projects and new ideas for the future development of the Sansenhecken waste disposal site.
Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft des Neckar-Odenwald-Kreises mbH (AWN)
Dr. Mathias Ginter
Tel. 06281 / 906 - 0
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Tel. 072163 -14320