Olper Disposal Center
As the result of the acquisition of the former RWE Umwelt Westfalen, Lobbe holds a 50-percent stake in the Olper Disposal Center. Tasks handled at that location include the operation of a bio-waste composting plant and the aftercare of the former central landfill of Olpe.
The Olper Disposal Center currently handles bio-waste disposal for the app. 440,000 inhabitants of the Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein districts. The annual capacity is around 58,000 tonnes. In the course of compost production, own product lines for mulch, bark and substrates were developed and successfully marketed.
The current landfill operation includes the landfill aftercare, i.e. the capturing, processing (incl. special gas cleaning), disposal and utilization (up to 1.1 MWh electric) of the generated landfill gas. The gas has atypical qualities that allow its use as a fuel in internal combustion engines. Therefore, process technologies are currently being reviewed that would allow converting the waste heat from the landfill gas into electricity for drying purposes. Only mineral wastes may still be deposited in Olpe. The relevant provisions came into effect with the new landfill regulations, on 1 July 2005.