Hazardous substances and undeclared waste from households must be collected and treated using a system that is just as safe and just as compliant as the processes used for industrial and commercial waste. REMONDIS operates its special SafetyTrucks to collect such materials in Germany. One of these state-of-the-art vehicles has now been on the roads in Switzerland since the beginning of the year.
The SafetyTruck is based at REMONDIS Schweiz AG in Switzerland. From here, it is able to serve the whole of the canton of Schaffhausen. Besides collecting materials on behalf of the local authorities, it is also being deployed to pick up hazardous waste from, for example, university laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals.
Just as is the case in Germany, the Swiss SafetyTruck is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment. The pioneering safety technology ranges from explosion-proof electrical units all the way through to liquid, acid and chemical-resistant flooring. The driver is accompanied by a highly qualified specialist who has the relevant training and experience to handle hazardous waste. Such employees know how to accept such substances and, if the waste is undeclared, immediately take samples of the materials to classify it so it can be placed in the right storage container.
From rechargeable batteries, to fluorescent lamps, all the way through to medicines: the SafetyTruck accepts a whole range of hazardous waste.
This high-tech hazardous waste collection truck is proving to be a success in Switzerland as well and is expected to be deployed in other cantons in the future. “Our medium-term goal is to offer our SafetyTruck services across the whole of country,” explained Mareike Krämer, head of sales at REMONDIS Schweiz AG. The company’s branches in Geneva and Basel would also provide a perfect base for this truck.
REMONDIS has been operating in Switzerland for twelve years now. Its extensive portfolio includes services such as recycling materials from printing businesses, photo laboratories, medical institutes, companies and public institutions. Working together with local and district authorities, the company offers a wide range of recycling activities and many other services. The REMONDIS Group’s pioneering concepts and technological edge are also apparent in Switzerland where it systematically contributes towards recovering raw materials and preserving natural resources.