ZAK as landfill operator

The owner and operator of the Kapiteltal landfill is the Zentrale Abfallwirtschaft Kaiserslautern (ZAK). ZAK, as a joint municipal institution, of the city and the administrative district of Kaiserslautern, is an institution of the administrative district of Kaiserslautern and the independent city of Kaiserslautern in the legal form of a joint municipal institution under public law.

Developments since 1975

The 90-hectare site of the Kapiteltal landfill was designed in 1975 as a DK II landfill for the disposal of 26.5 million m³ of untreated municipal waste. By the year 2000, when the landfill was closed, a total of only 6.0 million m³ of municipal waste had been deposited.

Since 2006, the landfill has been in the closure phase and, in accordance with a decommissioning decision from 2008, has been decommissioned until 2015 using secondary aggregates (DK I waste) as construction material.

In order to meet future market requirements and avoid possible regional disposal shortages and landfill deficiency, ZAK decided to expand the existing landfill site by building a new landfill section on the old landfill.

Landfill project Kapiteltal: geographical location

Location of the Kapiteltal landfill in Kaiserslautern

Planning approval decision

The approval decision of the permit for the new landfill section was issued by the Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion (SGD) Süd at the end of 2013. The landfill is designed as a DK I landfill in such a way that approx. 7.2 million m³ of waste can be deposited from 2016 onwards. The waste is mineral, low contaminated waste from industrial processes and power plants, construction and demolition and excavated soil.

The operating period of the new landfill began on 1.1.2016 with the completion of the final profiling of the old landfill body. By 2051, between 400,000 and 500,000 tonnes of mineral waste are to be landfilled each year. This is followed by the closure phase, which, together with aftercare, continues into the year 2083.

Long-term cooperation with REMEX