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Population growth, the global upturn and the interna-tional building boom are all pushing up the demand for mineral raw materials. These materials are needed by the construction industry to build housing as well as to build and maintain infrastructure in general. Recycled and substitute aggregate not only helps here to conserve our planet’s natural raw materials. It also plays a major role in reducing land consumption.
According to the experts, the demand in Germany for primary stone/earth raw materials could increase to 650 million tonnes by 2035 – an increase of 20% compared to 2013. Demand in the emerging countries around the world, such as Asia, will grow at a much faster rate. It is, therefore, essential that mineral waste is recycled. Such recycling activities not only ensure we treat our land more responsibly, they also give us access to a reliable supply of vital mineral raw materials. At the same time, land consumption is cut – in two ways, in fact, as mineral recycling reduces the need for mining (and its hugely negative impact on the country-side) as well as the need for landfill space as the material is reused.
REMONDIS’ subsidiary, REMEX, specialises in recycling minerals. It recycles excavated earth and construction waste from road and building work and demolition projects as well as ash and slag from industrial production processes, power stations and waste incineration plants.
The REMEX Group has over 60 business locations in six countries.
Thanks to their smart systems, the REMEX facilities are able to produce high quality recycled aggregate as well as quality-assured substitute aggregate. With their strictly defined chemical and physical properties and stringent quality controls, the company’s brand-name products, remexit® and granova®, are suitable for a whole range of applications. What’s more, REMEX recovers large quantities of scrap iron and other valuable metals from the mineral waste it processes so that they, too, can be returned to production cycles.