Utilities in Rhine Ruhr

Brightly coloured rubbish bins for every household

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In many urban areas of the Rhine Ruhr region it is possible to order power, gas and water all from the same company, very often publicly or semi-publicly owned. Slow but steady deregulation across Germany has also enabled online comparison and also individual pick and choose packaging of suppliers, especially electricity.

Waste disposal is treated separately, with competition relatively low. Recycling is traditionally very strong in Germany as a whole, with stores legally obliged to dispose of packaging if the customer so desires.

Expats can assume similar confusing utility tariffs as in other countries. Once the deal has been done, the commitment can be quite lengthy.

Electricity in Rhine Ruhr

Germany continues to have some of the highest energy prices in Europe, even following deregulation on production and supply of electric power. Electricity is not normally included in the additional charges (Nebenkosten) when expats rent a property, so a new supplier can be chosen.

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Natural Gas in Rhine Ruhr

Theoretically though consumers are free to choose between many competitors on a deregulated market for their gas, which is mostly used for heating, hot water and cooking. The majority stick with their local public utilities. Mostly the price of gas is artificially linked to that of electricity.

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Water in Rhine Ruhr

The quality of tap water in Rhine Ruhr is extremely high. While regional statistics vary between one quarter and a third of local water originates underground with the majority obtained through seepage from major rivers. Many signs can be observed denoting water protection areas.

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Waste Disposal in Rhine Ruhr

Many regional and community waste disposal companies responsible for collecting refuse in the Rhine Ruhr region. Being German, the system is naturally very logical, efficient and reliable yet sometimes trucks make a great deal of noise and cause traffic delays.

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