Data Privacy Statement

1 General

1.1 The firm AWB Abfallwirtschaftsbetriebe Köln GmbH, Maarweg 271, 50825 Köln (Cologne) ("AWB" or "we") takes the protection of your data and the legal obligations associated with this protection very seriously. This Privacy Statement explains what personal data is collected, processed and used by us when you visit the Internet site at ("Website") (collectively referred to as "handling data" or "dealing with data") and how we guarantee that your data is protected when you use the website. If you have any questions that are not answered by this Privacy Statement, please contact us, our address and other contact information can be found under "About us".

1.2 As a user of this website, you should note that it is possible that you will access other Internet sites via links on this website which are not operated by AWB, but by third parties. Such links are either clearly marked (e.g. by the indication "external link") or can be identified by a change in the address bar of your browser. AWB is not responsible for compliance with the legal provisions concerning data protection or the secure handling of your data on these Internet sites operated by third parties.

2 Personal data

2.1 Personal data according to §3 para. 1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) makes it possible to identify a natural person. This includes, amongst other things, the person's name, date of birth, postal address and email address. The use of the website for researching the services offered by AWB is always possible without your having to disclose your identity in part or in whole to us or third parties.

2.2 The disclosure of your identity is only required if you contact us via the website. Without the disclosure of your identity it would not be possible for us to reply to your contact request. You are free to decide if you would like to contact AWB via the website and disclose any personal data for this purpose.

3 Handling data through the use of the website

The website is provided by a computer ("server") specifically designed for this purpose which automatically collects information whenever this website is visited and stores it in log files ("logfiles").

The information stored is as follows:
- type and version of your browser,
- operating system used by you,
- address of the Internet site visited by you previously,
- address of the terminal (e.g. computer, smartphone, tablet) with which you access the website ("IP address“) and
- the time of your visit to this website.

This information is transmitted from your browser unless you have configured your browser so that the transmission of this information is suppressed. The data collected in the logfiles about the number of accesses to this website cannot be associated by us with a particular visitor. AWB does not combine this data with other data sources.

4 Cookies

4.1 So-called cookies are used for this website. Cookies are small text files that are stored via your browser by the website on your end device. They serve the purpose of making it easier for you to use the website.

4.2 The cookies used for this website (except for the use of Google Analytics cookies, see section 6) are normally only cookies which are valid for the duration of your visit ("session cookies"). These session cookies are automatically deleted from your end device when you leave the website. If on the website you are offered the option of using a personal user access, we also use a cookie which lasts beyond the duration of your respective visit, in which the information required to log on to the website is stored in order to make subsequent access easier. This cookie lasts ninety days and is then automatically deleted.

4.3 The cookies used on this website do not contain any viruses and do not cause any damage to your end device. Personal information is not stored in the cookies used for this website. You can prevent the use of cookies by a corresponding setting in your browser. However, we would like to point out that if you prevent the use of cookies, it is possible that not all the functions offered on this website can be used.

5 Processing of personal data via the website

AWB uses your personal information solely to process your contact request. This also applies to your email address, which we use - subject to further consent on your part - exclusively for further specific information concerning your contact request or your order. Depending on the party responsible for the request that is to be processed, AWB reserves the right to pass the request along with the personal data to the contact person responsible working for the City of Cologne. There is no disclosure to other third parties that is not explicitly mentioned here.

6 Use of Google Analytics

6.1 This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the Google cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is usually sent to a server of Google Inc. in the USA and stored there. On our behalf, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website for us, compile reports for us on website activity and provide other services that are associated with use of the website and the Internet. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on Google's behalf. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with other data of Google Inc. By using this website you agree to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purpose. You can prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; we point out, however, that in this case it is possible that you will not be able to fully use all the features of this site. (Source: 6.2 Notwithstanding the above text, which we are obliged to publish under data protection law, we would also like to point out that in your interests we use our website to improve the data protection of Google Analytics with the extension "_anonymizeIp ()". In this case your IP address is abbreviated beforehand by Google within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and abbreviated there. This makes it impossible to form a direct association with an individual during the analysis of the use of our website.

6.3 You can prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on the link below. An opt-out cookie is set, which prevents the future collection of your data when you visit the website

Alternatively, you can prevent the setting of cookies by Google Analytics through the extension of your browser. This enables you to exercise your right to prevent the collection, processing and use of data by Google Analytics with effect for the future. For this purpose, you can install the deactivation add-on for browsers from Google Analytics. This will prevent Google Analytics storing information about your website visits. Further information and instructions on how to download and install this deactivation add-on can be found here:

7 Use of Google Maps and Google Site Search 

For the website, the Google Maps API( and Google Site Search ( are used to visually represent geographical information and enable you to carry out a search on this site. When you use these services, Google will collect, process and use various information. The party responsible for the data processing is Google; more information can therefore be found in the Privacy Policy of Google at

8 Right to information and procedures directory

We do of course provide information about personal data which has been processed by AWB about you at any time free of charge and immediately in accordance with legal regulations. The information can also be provided electronically on request. Please contact the contact person responsible for this at AWB as listed under "About us".