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Specialising in the recycling and treatment of hazardous substances, we use innovative technologies to safely dispose of potentially dangerous materials or – in the best-case scenario – to recycle them. We are driving forward climate action and doing our utmost to ensure there is a future worth living in by testing and promoting sustainable approaches and novel recycling solutions. We are continuously modernising and expanding our network of business locations, building new waste treatment and recycling plants, and finding strong partners to support us. All our activities are geared towards the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. Conserving natural resources and expanding the circular economy – that’s what REMONDIS Industrie Service is all about.
Located across the country, our plants and branches are easy to reach; some are also close to Germany’s borders. Take a look at our network of locations
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“We take samples from the AS containers as soon as they arrive at our plants so that we can decide what treatment is most suitable. That may be a recycling process, a chemical-physical process or preparing it for thermal treatment.”
Markus Krauß, Managing Director of REMONDIS Industrie Service
Having state-of-the-art facilities in line with the highest safety and environmental standards is key if hazardous waste is to be recycled or basic chemicals recovered from waste incineration plants. What’s more, extensive science, research and development know-how is required to operate such systems. By developing innovative, efficient processes, we are also helping to advance the circular economy and curb climate change.
We send certain types of waste and absorbent materials, such as wood shavings and rock dust, to our own conditioning facilities. The different substances are mixed together and homogenised to balance out their calorific values. The material can then be taken to the relevant plants where it can be incinerated and the most made of its energy-producing potential.
We specialise in handling full, partially full and/or empty aerosol cans using professional and environmentally compatible systems. We first sort the aerosol cans at our recycling facilities and remove any contaminants. The cans are then compacted under inert conditions and separated into three material streams: the propellants are turned into liquids and used as a fuel, the liquid contents are thermally treated, and the aluminium and tinplate are returned to market.
Find out more about our systems for storing and transporting aerosol cans
We can treat all types of waste contaminated with mercury safely and sustainably at our vacuum thermal recycling facility. What’s more, we can also process small volumes of materials containing precious metals. By precisely controlling pressure and temperature, we can cause the different substances to evaporate one after the other. The vaporised mercury is removed as a liquid in a vacuum environment and then carefully cleaned in our special distillation facility. By the end of this process, the recovered product has a level of purity of 99.99999%. The recycled mercury can then be returned to market where it is used, for example, by laboratories and the light bulb industry.
Our transfer stations move small volumes of liquid waste into large tanks. They are also able to handle large volumes. Moreover, we also mix liquids together so that they have the best possible calorific value for the plants. Some of the transfer stations and their tank storage facilities have different exit points. As some liquids separate inside the tanks (depending on their density), various liquid materials can be extracted here and stored in large tanks.
We use shredders to treat and dispose of bulky materials. They are also used to cut up waste into different sizes. As IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) containing hazardous waste are single-use products, they are first shredded as well so that they take up less space when they are thermally treated.
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We accept large volumes of hazardous liquid waste at our tank storage facilities, which are located across Germany. The material can be delivered to us by road, rail and ship and, if requested, we can also organise the transport. These tank facilities also act as additional stores should our recycling or waste disposal plants temporarily not have the space to take the materials. What’s more, they also carry out important preparatory tasks organising and securing the quality of the materials – for example, by homogenising the quality and volumes of the liquid wastes and ensuring they are sent on to the correct plants.
We temporarily store incoming dangerous substances, such as varnishes, paints and adhesives, until it is time for them to be recycled or disposed of. Moreover, we also have sufficient capacities to store non-hazardous wastes. Our intermediate storage facilities meet all statutory safety and protection guidelines.
We use our hazardous waste incineration plants to safely remove contaminants from material life cycles. The waste materials are thermally treated and the metals recovered for reuse. Our flue gas cleaning systems generate products such as gypsum, dust, slag and other residual substances – all of which can be put to good use, helping to conserve natural resources. We are proud of the fact that our high temperature hazardous waste incineration plants are among the most environmentally friendly across the whole of Europe. Other aspects that help us stand out from the crowd: our emission ceiling values (the lowest worldwide), our filter dust recycling system, the fact that no wastewater is discharged, our use of rainwater as process water and our system for measuring mercury in raw and scrubbed gas.
Liquid waste that does not have to be thermally treated is processed or neutralised in our plants using chemical and physical treatment methods. We pretreat the waste so that the water that is left over can be discharged. No matter whether it involves alkaline solutions, acids, landfill leachate, oily watery sludge or liquids containing metal salts – we do everything in our power to optimise material streams and recover recyclable materials from contaminated liquid waste so that they can be reused.
Batteries that have been handed over to dedicated collection points or collected in boxes must first be sorted according to type and quality before they can be recycled using environmentally friendly systems. This work is carried out by our specially trained staff in our battery sorting facility.
Mercury-containing batteries, lithium-ion batteries, dry batteries and other types of battery are then sent on to other plants for recycling.
Many types of waste can be recycled for reuse or used to generate energy. This is not the case, however, for all types of waste or for incineration residue. Landfills are a safe and secure way to remove these substances from material life cycles and protect the environment. We operate a hazardous landfill (known as an ‘SAD’ in Germany) for DK III category waste – for example hazardous mineral waste from the chemicals and
metal-processing industries and the demolition and construction sector.
Our Knapsack hazardous landfill is located in Erftstadt near Cologne and accepts residual mineral materials from the construction sector, recycling firms and the chemicals industry.