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Interesting facts and news about hazardous waste

News and background info about transporting, recycling and treating hazardous waste

Very few topics are as dynamic as the waste management sector and the circular economy. We have filled this page with news, background information and specialist know-how to ensure you’re always right up-to-date with the latest rules and regulations, new technologies and ways to grow sustainability as well as with the services offered by REMONDIS Industrie Service. All of them based on facts and written in a clear way so they can be put straight into practice. What’s more, we have also set up links to the most important waste management laws, put together interesting information for you to download and answered some frequently asked questions. Please drop us a line if you think there’s something missing.

Rules and regulations

A whole host of laws and directives have been drawn up to regulate how hazardous waste must be handled. We have picked out some key laws and regulations to help you navigate your way round this legal maze. more

Library and downloads

No matter whether you’re interested in our professional workshop, aerosol can recycling or oil separator services: information about these and other services is available as downloads in our library. All our accreditations can be found there as well. more

A professional solution for your waste

In demand – answers to those most asked questions

Every day, we are asked a whole variety of questions about hazardous waste – from how to handle dangerous substances and use the various waste storage bins, to queries about waste management laws and waste codes, all the way through to enquiries about our portfolio. We’ve answered some of these FAQs below.

Just how dangerous are lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries can catch fire (caused by a build-up of gas) or, in extreme cases, even explode when they are damaged or exposed to extreme temperatures. This means that there is not only a danger that the fire will spread to the surrounding area but also that people may get hurt and objects damaged by flying pieces of metal and plastic. The toxic smoke generated by such fires is also a potential health hazard. One particular problem here is that lithium-ion battery fires can only be put out with a special kind of fire extinguisher. One way of preventing such events is to use the particularly robust, heat-resistant RETRON boxes for storing and transporting your lithium-ion batteries and/or devices equipped with such batteries.

What’s the difference between ASP and ASF containers? What advantages do AS containers have over plastic IBCs?

There’s no way to avoid the secure ASP and ASF waste storage containers when it comes to hazardous waste. While the ASP is more suitable for solid and semi-solid substances, the ASF is used for storing and transporting liquid hazardous waste. Both are made of hot dip galvanised steel and can hold 240 to 1,000 litres. For the most part, small and medium-sized businesses prefer to use the AS containers. IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) are only used to store and transport liquid hazardous waste, primarily by the chemicals industry. Being single-use products, the IBCs are transported just the once. They’re filled at the customers’ premises, transported away and sent for treatment. The AS containers, on the other hand, can be reused after they’ve been cleaned.

How does the hazardous waste SafetyTruck work?

REMONDIS’ SafetyTruck is a hazardous waste collection vehicle that is used in many towns and cities across Germany the whole year round. Local residents can hand in a whole range of hazardous substances from their homes to the SafetyTruck – from cleaning products, to aerosol cans, all the way through to batteries. Companies can also arrange for this hazardous waste collection vehicle to stop by their business premises. Waste products should be sealed tightly before they’re handed over and packed carefully to prevent them falling over or leaking while they’re being transported in the SafetyTruck (extra packing should be used if the substance is in a glass jar or bottle). What’s more, wherever possible, the waste should be taken to the hazardous waste collection vehicle in its original packaging to make it easier to see what the contents are. It is particularly important here not to mix or pack different substances together.

How many hazardous waste incineration plants does REMONDIS Industrie Service operate in Germany?

REMONDIS Industrie Service currently owns and operates three hazardous waste incineration plants. They are among the most modern of their kind in Europe and can be found at the Wesseling industrial estate, in the industrial and port town of Brunsbüttel and at the Industrial Recycling Centre in Bramsche. Hazardous waste is thermally treated at these plants using safe and environmentally friendly processes. Both residual materials and recyclable materials (such as steel and iodine) are returned to market for reuse. Some of the electricity generated from the heat is fed into the public grid.

Does REMONDIS Industrie Service also draw up waste management concepts?

Yes, it does. REMONDIS Industrie Service offers a comprehensive range of practical services to help businesses working in industry, trade and commerce to optimise their in-house waste management processes. To be able to develop such a waste management concept, the company first analyses the waste management systems that are currently being used and draws up operational studies. This information is then used to develop service concepts – either for individual sites or for networks of branches and on a national or on a European level. Moreover, REMONDIS Industrie Service also provides advice on any professional, legal, technical, logistical and/or conceptual matters that may affect the way the new waste management system is implemented. By creating site-specific concepts, we are also helping to support the site’s operations. Last but by no means least, we organise and support the efforts being made by businesses to optimise their processes, helping them to continuously improve the quality and cost effectiveness of their operations.

How often must a fat separator be emptied / cleaned?

Fat separators or grease traps must be emptied at regular intervals as stipulated in the DIN 4040-100 standard. According to this DIN standard, fat separators must be emptied every four weeks – a period that may not be exceeded. If the size of the fat separator or the space in the grease trap for storing the fat is not big enough, then this period must be adjusted accordingly and they must be emptied more often. It may be possible for businesses to talk to their local authority and come to a special arrangement so that their fat separators don’t need to be emptied so often. Just how much extra time they may be given can vary from council to council. Whatever arrangement may be agreed on, businesses must check and document how full their grease traps are every month.

What materials does oil-contaminated waste cover?

Oil-contaminated waste covers a whole range of materials used by businesses that have been contaminated with certain types of dangerous substances. Such materials can typically be found in the oil industry, at garages and workshops and in production and processing businesses or as a result of accidents. They also include absorbent and filter materials, rags and protective clothing. This type of hazardous waste must be declared using the waste code 15 02 02* and must be stored and transported separately. Moreover, they must be transported in accordance with dangerous goods legislation.

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Further specialist information about how to manage sector-specific types of waste can be found in the online magazine (German)

Simply enter the EWC code / German AVV code of your waste here or select a category of waste from our list of waste types

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