Utilities in the Ruhr

Electricity, gas, water, waste, recycling

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Large local utilities corporations offer complete services, while a few national giants and lower priced competitors are also available to purchase consumer power sources. In Essen and other towns of Ruhr it is possible to order electricity, gas and water all from the same public-private company, Stadtwerke Essen, which is part owned indirectly by Stadt Essen.

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

Expect similar confusing tariffs for power as in other countries. Once the deal has been signed, commitment can be quite lengthy, normally at least twelve months.

Waste Disposal

Different coloured bins at home are available; grey (grau) for general waste; blue (blau) for paper and cardboard; brown (braun) for biological, food and garden waste. Batteries, electronics and other waste such as chemicals need to be collected as do bulkier objects (Sperrmüll).

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Entsorgungsbetriebe Essen GmbH

Pferdebahnstrasse 32

45141 Essen , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 201 854 2222

 

Gas

Some fifteen percent stems from national sources while way over eighty percent is delivered from such countries as Denmark, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Norway and Russia. Consumers in Essen and Ruhr can choose between many suppliers, a majority rely on the Stadtwerke Essen.

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Stadtwerke Essen AG

Rüttenscheider Strasse 27-37

45128 Essen , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 201 800 0

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Water

Germany is a nation of engineers and they are quite rightly proud of their long tradition of water purification. Tap water in Essen is considered soft and is cleaned, treated and filtered to attain high quality. Acquisition of water from springs and wells can be traced back to the sixteenth century.

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Stadtwerke Essen AG

Rüttenscheider Strasse 27-37

45128 Essen , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 201 800 0

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Electricity

During the 1990s the production and supply of electric power in Germany ceased to be a monopoly. Following deregulation and consumer activity, there are many suppliers offering electric power at a little more competitive prices. Germany has some of the highest energy prices in Europe.

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Stadtwerke Essen AG

Rüttenscheider Strasse 27-37

45128 Essen , NRW

Germany

Phone: +49 201 800 0

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