Waste management

For years, the BZL GmbH is working on many aspects of waste management, like ecological issues (material flux analysis / life cycle assessment, climate impact), health aspects (safety, environmental health), matters of legislative and regulatory aspects and communication. The focus of our work is on the environmental assessment of waste management techniques and waste management solutions.

In this sector we offer the following services (below you can find an excerpt of our list of clients):


TOP Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) for the waste management sector
From 2014 to 2017, BZL and E3 Environmental Consultants Ltd. (UK) produced the background report on Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) for the waste management sector to be used as a basis for the development of the referring Sectoral Reference Document (SRD) by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Seville. The background report and publications based on this research are available here:

  • José-Luis Gálvez-Martos, David Styles, Harald Schoenberger, Barbara Zeschmar-Lahl. Construction and demolition waste best management practice in Europe. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 136, September 2018, Pages 166-178, ISSN 0921-3449.
    Download (external link): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.04.016. or ScienceDirect
  • Morlok J., Schönberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: The impact of Pay-As-You-Throw schemes on municipal solid waste management: the exemplar case of the County of Aschaffenburg, Germany. Resources 2017, 6(1), 8; doi:10.3390/resources6010008 (registering DOI). Received: 2 November 2016 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
    Online: (external link): Paper
    Download (external link): (pdf, 4,5 MB)
  • Zeschmar-Lahl B., Schoenberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L.: Background Report on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Waste Management Sector. Preparatory findings to support the development of an EMAS Sectoral Reference Document. Report for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, May 2016.
    Download Background Report (external link): (pdf, 10 MB)
  • Download Background Report: (pdf, 10 MB)
  • More information on the JRC website.


TOP Ecological assessment

TOP A Material flux analysis

  • Magistrate of the City of Vienna, Department 48 – Waste management, street cleaning and car pool
  • Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Weser GmbH (GKW), Veltheim
  • PFLEIDERER Holzwerkstoffe GmbH & Co. KG
  • Land Northrhine-Westfalia, Environmental Ministry
  • Land Baden-Wuerttemberg, Environmental Ministry
  • ENERGOS ASA (Norway)
  • Land Northrhine-Westfalia, district government of Detmold


TOP B Life cycle assessment

  • Sächsisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie, Dresden
  • Herhof-Umwelttechnik GmbH, Solms
  • Landbell AG, Mainz
  • Environment Agency Austria, Vienna
  • HEW Entsorgung GmbH, Hamburg
  • Land Baden-Wuerttemberg, Environmental Ministry
  • GREENPEACE Germany, Hamburg
  • AVG Abfall-Verwertungs-Gesellschaft mbH, Hamburg
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn; Federal Environment Agency, Berlin
  • Federal State Environmental Authority, Northrhine-Westfalia


TOP C Others

  • Technical University of Vienna, Research Center of Waste and Resource Management
  • swb Synor GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, 2004
  • Nehlsen Servicecenter Nord Ost GmbH & Co. KG, Bad Doberan
  • Trienekens AG, Viersen
  • Environment Agency Austria, Vienna
  • European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Brussels
  • Trade union public services, transport and communications (former ÖTV)
  • Free State of Thuringia, Ministry of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
  • Association of Wastewater Engineering (ATV)
  • GREENPEACE Germany
  • Hans Böckler Foundation, Dusseldorf


TOP Safety and environmental hygiene

  • DIN e.V. – Coordination Center Environment at DIN
  • Magistrate of the City of Vienna, Department 48 – Waste management, street cleaning and car pool
  • Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, State Office for Environment and Conservation, Rostock
  • Herhof-Umwelttechnik GmbH, Solms
  • BEW Bildungszentrum für die Entsorgungs- und Wasserwirtschaft GmbH, Duisburg
  • Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN in the parliament of the Land Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Association of Wastewater Engineering (ATV)
  • Trade union public services, transport and communications (former ÖTV)


TOP Media Development and Communications
We have published our studies and results in professional journals and at conferences, where we also hold lectures. Furthermore, we generate reports, brochures, educational materials and presentations, especially in the area of waste management. As editor of the Muell-Handbuch (handbook of waste management) Dr. Zeschmar-Lahl offers broad technical informations on waste management, on the status and development of waste management policy, new methods of waste disposal or recovery operations and projections about future developments.
External link: Muellhandbuch online