:metabolon: Landfill site in the showcase

The :metabolon project has turned the central landfill site at Leppe in the Bergisches Land region into an internationally acclaimed centre of competence for resource management. At the modern waste disposal site, entrepreneurs, scientists and students learn and research in parallel to the operation. The curriculum includes strategies for efficient waste avoidance, recycling and energy utilisation.

From a landfill site to a place of discovery: The :metabolon project has radically changed the landfill site in the Bergisches Land region. Since 1982, the Bergische Abfallwirtschaftsverband (Bergisch waste management association) has been operating a modern waste disposal facility with a waste disposal catchment area of more than 700,000 inhabitants. Since 2006, a competence centre for resource management has been developed in parallel to the operation. This is how a landfill site – usually unnoticed and secluded – comes to international attention as a symbol of resource efficiency.

Engine for progress:

  • high degree of innovation
  • strong climate protection effect
  • high sustainability
  • contribution to social change

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Photo: :metabolon

From landfill to innovation location: A European competence centre for resource management has been established at the Leppe landfill site location. The project organisers are the Oberbergische District, the Rheinisch-Bergische District and the Bergische Abfallwirtschaftsverband (Bergische Waste Management Association). The city of Leverkusen, the Rhein-Sieg District and the Rhein District of Neuss act as cooperation partners. The learning environment at the authentic location can be used by all visitor groups in parallel to active operation.

An authentic learning landscape for researchers, students and entrepreneurs

The :metabolon project provides information and meeting centres for various groups: The "Bergisches Energiekompetenzzentrum" ("Bergisch Energy Competence Centre") is an exhibition and service centre for renewable energies. Here manufacturers and tradesmen come together with end consumers.
Furthermore, it is located at the Teaching and Research Centre at Fachhochschule Köln (Cologne University of Applied Sciences). In addition to this, the existing research network is steadily expanded to include further universities in Germany and abroad. The young, upcoming generation is also provided for: School classes can discover so much at training locations such as the "Flying class room" or the "Recycling axis". Refuse avoidance, recycling and energy are all on the curriculum here.

A place of action for business

The region's companies are also involved: Targeted co-operation projects are meant to transfer the insights from research directly to business. A sustainable commercial district has also emerged, that is reserved for companies with a connection to the location: Companies from the waste disposal, material conversion and environmental technologies sectors can become established here.
The bottom line for KlimaExpo.NRW: As a place of reference for an international expert audience, the :metabolon project makes the modern waste disposal site even more attractive. A strong climate effect in combination with high innovative power makes :metabolon a showcase project for KlimaExpo.NRW.

Photo: Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband

“The :metabolon project has established Lindlar in the district of Oberbergischer Kreis as a centre for innovation and learning, bringing the issues of renewable energies, energy efficiency and resource efficiency to the attention of as wide an audience as possible and increasing public understanding of the responsible and sustainable use of our resources.”

Monika Lichtinghagen-Wirths, Managing Director

Partners and sponsors

  • BAV Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband
  • Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF)
  • Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MKULNV)
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk (MWEIMH)

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