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REMONDIS SAVA took part in a project to recover 2,000 tonnes of pesticides in Slonim on behalf of the World Bank and the Ministry of Nature and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The substances were recovered from four large cement cellars which had been used as a storage area for hazardous waste. The project proved to be a masterly logistical performance not least because of the harsh weather conditions in winter.
REMONDIS SAVA GmbH in Brunsbüttel is a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG
It was not easy for the REMONDIS SAVA project manager to organise the recovery of the pesticides in the Belarus city of Slonim – especially during the winter months when the team had to face outdoor temperatures of up to -35°C and snow up to 1.5 metres deep. Improvisational skills are required when drums, containers and pallets freeze together and truck engines refuse to start.
The packing and the sorting of the waste was organised by the ministry responsible in Slonim and then checked by the REMONDIS SAVA project manager present on site. Throughout this time, he had access to state-of-the-art technology including a hand-held X-ray spectrometer. The pesticides were transported away from the site by truck. Each week, two vehicles travelled from Belarus to REMONDIS SAVA's plant in Brunsbüttel via Lithuania and Poland.
All of the waste was screened on site using the hand-held X-ray spectrometer to assess the risks and ensure the materials had been sorted correctly. The spectrometers produce very accurate results within just two seconds – even when the samples have a complex matrix.
The main focus of the World Bank is to promote the economies of the less developed member states by providing financial aid, advice and technical support as well as to contribute towards achieving international development targets.