The Austrian government has enacted the Waste Management Act, which provides for the transport of a significant amount of waste by rail. The law comes into force on January 1, 2023. Rail Cargo Group is investing 75 million euros in rolling stock to keep up with the increasing volumes of waste that will rise periodically over the years. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.


Waste transport accounts for a significant proportion of RCG’s domestic throughput. For example, an Austrian company transports an average of eight million tons of waste and other secondary materials such as scrap metal every year. In 2021, waste transportation was one of the main sources of income.

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The Austrian Waste Management Act is entirely dedicated to the transition to rail transport. After all, what better place to transport waste than an environmentally friendly train? The goal for 2023 is to transport by rail shipments of waste weighing more than 10 tons and with a need to move more than 300 kilometers.

However, as mentioned above, until 2026, weight and distance limits will be adjusted twice. In a year, from January 1, 2024, the transportation of waste by rail will become mandatory over a distance of more than 200 kilometers, and from the beginning of 2026, all transportation over a distance of more than 100 kilometers will be carried out by trains. This means that the transport of waste by trucks in Austria will gradually decrease as it will only be carried out over short distances.

The company has already set aside a budget of 75 million euros for the purchase of new equipment that allows containers to be transferred from trucks to trains quickly, easily and without cranes or special access roads.

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