Thermally treating waste which cannot be used for materials recycling is per se a good thing. The property of this waste that makes it suitable for this form of treatment, i.e. the fact it burns well, can cause problems elsewhere however. Under no circumstances should a fire be allowed to break out when waste is being pretreated, sorted and packed. Not only would such an event mean the recyclable materials would be lost for ever, the plant machinery would be damaged or, in the worst case scenario, be destroyed. It goes without saying that top priority is always given to keeping both employees and local residents safe. REMONDIS has, therefore, been planning ahead and has invested heavily in fire prevention measures.
Wherever work processes involve inflammable materials, it is always advisable to have extra special targeted preventative measures in place which can detect a fire in its very early stages and put it out. REMONDIS has recently invested money and technology at a number of its facilities to ensure that a fire is put out within seconds of it starting so that it is unable to develop and cause greater damage.
At Entsorgungsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Bargeshagen near Rostock, a company in which REMONDIS owns a share, a total of 16 interconnected infrared and UV sensors have been installed that can detect an unusual increase in temperature in the input material long before a person could possibly pick up the danger. In such a case, the sensors set off the fire extinguishing system within just a few seconds so that it is impossible for a fire to break out. Other investments include a new mobile poly fire-fighting system using so-called CAF (compressed air foam). CAF employs a process whereby the extinguishing agent is mixed with water under great pressure to create a foam making it easier to zero in on a particular area and, if required, from a distance. Furthermore, 100,000 EUR alone were invested in a new air cleaning system run using state-of-the-art technology with a combination of bio and activated carbon filters which clean the exhaust air in the plant in the best possible way and prevent any pollutants from being released.
Similar technical measures have also been installed at other locations. These new systems can sound the alarm within just a few seconds. Within moments the water to put out the fire (2,000 litre/minute at 10 bar) can be accessed so that damage to people, machinery or the environment can be prevented. Put simply, REMONDIS has placed safety at the very top of its list of priorities.
A Fire is detectet within seconds so that it can be put out just as quickly.