Leisure activities and clean energy on former landfills
Landfill sites are common in post-industrial areas, as are the challenges of securing them and making use of the space when no longer in use.
Their well-exposed high shapes can however be an advantage; they are ideal for producing solar or wind energy, their slopes can be used for different sports, and they provide scenic views when converted into public parks.
Use of the Deusenberg landfill site stopped in 1992 and since then the area has gradually been re-cultivated. Photovoltaic energy production started on one part of the land in 2017 and the area is now publicly accessible from the eastern side. The project envisions the future of Deusenberg as an easily accessible community area with opportunities for activities such as mountain-biking, jogging and bird-watching.
Zenica plans to convert the landfill of industrial waste, which is currently dangerous and unsanitary, into a space which can be enjoyed by the local communities. Planting trees will help prevent landslides and provide shade for the area.