Waste disposal/refuse collection
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In Austria, households are obliged to participate in public waste disposal, i.e. they must submit an application for waste disposal.
The application must be made either by the owner or the leaseholder (occupier) of a plot of land, or by the estate manager. If you are merely the tenant of a residence, the registration for waste disposal will normally be done by the owner or the estate manager.
Since regional procedures for waste disposal sometimes vary, it is advisable to send an enquiry to the municipality in good time concerning the procedure for registering for and cancelling refuse collection/waste disposal from your place of residence.
Occupation of a property
Waste disposal procedures vary depending on the municipality. There are no deadlines for registering for refuse collection per se but registration is mandatory.
It is advisable to register, cancel or notify change of address in good time as the waiting period between your application and the provision of waste containers can differ depending on the municipality.
- The municipalityGerman text
- In statutory citiesGerman text: the Magistrat (city authorities)German text
- In Vienna: Municipal Department 48 (→ City of Vienna)German text – Vienna Waste Management
A written request must be submitted for the initial provision of waste containers and the inclusion of properties in regular refuse collection.
In some municipalities (e.g. Vienna), only the owner of the property themselves is able to register for, request return or notify change of address for waste containers – persons with a power of attorneyGerman text for the owner can of course undertake this in the place of the owner.
Please enquire whether your municipality provides initial or re-registration forms for refuse collection or whether you can register online.
How each municipality handles refuse collection/waste disposal registration can vary greatly and it is therefore advisable to contact the municipality directly.
- You may be required to fill out a questionnaire for waste disposal applications
- Possible proof of how many people live in the household
- If applicable, proof of ownership of the land
Costs and fees
- Application for the inclusion of properties in regular public refuse collection: free of charge
- The charges for supplying the respective refuse containers vary
Some changes in waste disposal (e.g. larger/smaller containers) are subject to charges and it is therefore important to provide accurate information so that the best estimate of your household waste needs can be made.
Tenants are always responsible for the disposal of bulky waste themselves – even where, as in the case of a rented apartment, the owner of the house is generally responsible for registering for refuse collection.
- Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz (AWG)
- The relevant provincial waste management legislation, waste management concepts, waste management plans and provincial guidelines
Link to form
- Waste containers – cleaning/exchange (City of Salzburg)German text
- Waste paper containers – returnGerman text
- Waste paper containers – orderGerman text
- Organic waste bin – returnGerman text
- Organic waste bin – orderGerman text
- Shredding service – requestGerman text
- Residual waste containers – returnGerman text
- Residual waste containers – orderGerman text
- Residual waste containers – changeGerman text
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