FAQ about the Zwickau garbage gate

Frequently asked questions and answers about the introduction of garbage gates and lockable enclosures for all types of waste in large residential complexes

Zwickau garbage gate – what is it?

The waste gate is an enclosure for a trash container (mostly for MGB 1100), which is developed with the intention of separating the costs by waste originator for using in large residential facilities.

Why are garbage gates used? What are the advantages?

  • Reduce waste
  • Reducing waste fees and service charges
  • Users pay only for waste they originated themselves
  • Preventing waste-tourism
  • Beautifying the view of the waste container stands
  • Optical appreciation of the environment
  • Increases separation and collection of recyclables
  • Improve the economy of the attached dwellings
  • Reducing the number of waste containers

What are the requirements for the system?

  • Existence of a positive result in context of a cost-benefit analysis
  • Proof of potential cost reduction possibilities
  • Introduction and integration of the tenants in the new disposal system
  • Cost savings as well on tenant side

What must be considered in project planning?

How much garbage gates are needed?

Attention should be paid to:

  • Dissipation - rhythm of the disposer
  • Reasonable ways from dwellings to garbage gates
  • One garbage gate can be attended up to 50 dwelling units


Residential block with 100 residential units
current status:
6 waste containers each 1100 liters on 2 pitches, emptied weekly
Capacity: 26 400 liters of waste per month
Reduction to 3 containers each 1100 liter encased in garbage gates on one pitch
1st Phase – weekly emptying
Capacity: 13 200 liters of waste per month
2nd Phase – emptying every 2 weeks
Capacity: 6600 liters of waste per month

The last value, 6600 liters of waste per month is equivalent to a waste volume of about 6 liters of waste per person per week. Amounts of waste on this scale are en empirical value that can be easily achieved.

Are there any specifications or rules for the minimum amount of waste?

Corresponding to the predetermined amount of waste in the empty-cycle should be enough recycling containers available.

Which ways for access control are offered?

A common type of access control is the identification of the user by using a transponder (card or pin) while storage of waste data is in the garbage gate.

A simple alternative is a value chip card. The card gets a certain value (in liters, points, money, ...) assigned, which declines on every use in line of the waste amount (phone cards principle). This variant is very flexible and produces less administrative effort.

How is the billing? Can I take advantage of a service?

A precondition for billing is a data acquisition and billing software. A takeover of disposal data into the existing software is possible in most cases. A service is also offered.

How is the data acquisition when using the transponder-identification system?

The detection is done by manual readout via an infrared interface by own staff or a service provider at certain time intervals.
When using the GSM wireless acquisiton data is made available every day from the desk.

Can the data be processed in an existing software?

After checking which data format is required an interface can be defined, which enables the existing software to process the garbage gate data.

Regardless of this, a separate billing software is offered.

Which condition is needed for the garbage pitches?

A positive side effect of the waste gate is that it brings more cleanliness and order on the waste places. In addition, it provides a consistent look to the courts (the same type of enclosure for residual waste, paper, recyclables and organic waste). Here the use of enclosures with lockable lid is advisable to IBD. If the number of containers is reduced, the result is often the central question of a new stand.

Here additional construction costs must be scheduled. The „Zwickau garbage gate“, however, with about 300 kg is a lightweight, meaning that no special foundations required. Because of the solar power supply no excavation for electric cables is required. It is only a flat paved area required, for example, is covered with concrete pavement.

How is the garbage gate financed?

General it is achievable to fund the system by the saved costs for residual waste. Leasing is also possible. Leasing costs can be passed directly as an operating expense.

Es ist prinzipiell möglich das System aus den eingesparten Kosten der Restabfallentsorgung zu finanzieren. Die Finanzierung über Leasing ist ebenfalls möglich. Leasingkosten können direkt als Betriebskosten umgelegt werden.

The follwing cost components must be considered:

one-time costs:

  • Acquisition costs
  • Costs for accessories: Tenant transponders or chip cards; readers; Data acquisition and billing software, wireless modules
  • The amount of these costs is very dependent on the degree of technical equipment.

ongoing costs:

  • Maintenance
  • Lease payments at the appropriate funding
  • Data acquisition and billing expenses

The system must be planned in such a way that creates a tangible financial benefitsfor tenants.

Costs can be saved by self-maintenance or the choice of an appropriate accounting system.

How is the cost allocation implemented?

Important is the division into a fixed base amount and a variable amount dependent on consumption. The basic costs include leasing, maintenance and billing costs. To the variable part belongs the usage-based charging for waste disposal costs. The "Zwickau garbage gate" is a very durable product, so that a lease can be up to 96 months.

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At your request we gladly advise you on the successful use of garbage gates in your waste concept.
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