When the shooting party is over, who clears up the mess?

Practically every Swiss community has a shooting range that will need to be decontaminated in the years ahead. The requirements in force depend on the location.

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment’s regulations for remediating former shooting ranges are clear, but the implementation guidelines and provisions vary significantly according to the canton. We provide comprehensive advice to municipalities on the technical and legal approach to be taken when decontaminating shooting ranges. We will also help you to apply for financial compensation.

Our services:

  • Historical and technical investigations of bullet traps and shooting ranges
  • Surveying heavy-metal contamination in the soil and ground, detailed mapping of soil contamination presented in plans and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Developing decontamination projects and cost estimates for site remediation
  • Planning and submitting bullet-trap decontamination plans including building permit and clearing approval procedures
  • Construction management and specialist construction management for bullet-trap decontamination projects (excavation, triage, disposal, recultivation and monitoring these processes)
  • Evaluation and documentation
  • Assisting municipalities to access compensation (registering for financial support from the federal and cantonal governments).

Your contact in German-speaking Switzerland:

Lars Schudel Senior project manager: Contaminated sites and environmental planning
Certified Geographer
lschudel@ecosens.ch +41 44 839 47 40 More

Your contact in French-speaking Switzerland:

Stefan Fuchs Partner, Fribourg branch manager
Diploma in Geological Sciences BENEFRI UniFR Geologist CHGEOL
sfuchs@ecosens.ch +41 26 422 39 55 More

Case studies

300 m shooting range at Oberlaupen, Wald, project development, submission and site remediation

Remediation of bullet trap, in line with statutory site decontamination requirements, at the decommissioned Oberlaupen shooting range, which is situated on a steep hillside in a forested area of agricultural land. The exposed position of the bullet trap represented a huge challenge in terms of logistics and accessing the site. The work to remediate the site included removing and disposing of almost 1,000 tons of heavily contaminated material from the bullet trap. Following the clean up, the area was recultivated in line with the surrounding habitat and trees were replanted.

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Decontamination project and site remediation for 50 m and 300 m shooting ranges at Sohr, Windisch

The municipality of Windisch needed to remediate the 50 and 300 m bullet trap at the decommissioned Sohr shooting range in line with statutory site decontamination requirements. Due to its position in the agricultural zone, the remediation work entailed breaking up all concrete structures and recultivating high-grade agricultural land. Ecosens AG provided support to the municipality of Windisch at all stages of the project, from planning to implementation.

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