The BAV – Bundesverband der Altholz-aufbereiter und -verwerter e.V. is the leading trade association of the waste wood industry in Germany. The association was founded in 1992 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.

Our aim is to make waste wood usable as secondary raw material or secondary fuel. With currently 103 member companies, which deal professionally with the recovery and recycling of waste wood, about 80 % of the waste wood players have organised themselves in our association. Our membership structure comprises large diversified companies with a waste wood division and medium-sized suppliers.

The association is characterised by active participation of its members in specialist committees and close personal contact with its members. We offer our members representation of their interests in political decision-making processes. To this end, we take positions vis-à-vis the authorities for the waste wood industry and are involved in legislative processes at federal and state level. Our members therefore have the opportunity to play an active role in shaping these central regulations of the industry and to voice their wishes and concerns.

At the same time, we represent the interests of our members in the scientific and social discourse. Together with research institutions, we develop sorting and processing guidelines and strive to create uniform quality standards.

The BAV e.V. is a cooperation partner of the BDE Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft e.V. (Federal Association of the German Waste Disposal, Water and Raw Materials Industry). Furthermore, we are affiliated with the WRA Wood Recyclers Association, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Stoffspezifische Abfallbehandlung, ASA e.V. and the Gütegemeinschaft Sekundärbrennstoffe und Recyclingholz e.V. (Quality Association for Secondary Fuels and Recycled Wood) through mutual memberships. (BGS) and the Gütegemeinschaft Sekundärbrennstoffe und Recyclingholz e. V.. We are also a member of the European Association of Societies for the Certification of Specialised Waste Management Companies (EVGE) e.V.

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