Sustainable waste logistics: Wastelog and RCG

In 2023, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) transported municipal waste sustainably from Italy to Austria for Wastelog. A sustainable end-to-end logistics solution, made possible thanks to the cooperation between RCG, ÖBB TSA and Brandl Transportlogistik.

Sustainable transport of waste, raw materials and industrial products: The Austrian waste management company Wastelog Environmental Logistics GmbH – a logistics company specialising in waste – has been working towards this goal with ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) since 2020. In 2023, RCG successfully transported the first tonnes of municipal waste for Wastelog. Further projects of this kind are planned for 2024. 

End-to-end: getting there together

The transport demonstrates the strength of multimodal logistics, starting with the first mile by truck to Marcianise Maddaloni, which is handled by Wastelog itself. From here, the municipal waste is transported in individual wagons or groups of RCG wagons via the TransFER Villach–Italy and later to the Combi Cargo Terminal St. Michael (CCT) in Styria. Conventional HA wagons with a capacity of 50 tonnes each are used. 

RCG not only manages the entire supply chain for Wastelog, but also provides the equipment and handles the main leg and the last mile from Italy to Austria. TSA (Terminal Service Austria) – the terminal operator of ÖBB-Infrastruktur – finally transfers the goods to trucks for the last mile, as the last mile – organised by RCG and handled by the partner Brandl Transportlogistik GmbH, a local player in the logistics world. 

Together towards a clean future

The combination of rail and road minimises CO2 emissions and is a prime example of sustainable logistics in waste management. The multimodal solution, which optimally cimbines two modes of transport, shows how strong partnerships and innovative concepts can shape the future of waste logistics in an environmentally friendly way – for a Europe worth living in.