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No-one can beat the Swiss when it comes to innovations – a fact that was further underlined by the Global Innovation Index (GII) that was published just recently. Many food and beverage companies have settled in Switzerland as have chemicals and pharmaceutical businesses. The whole of the Swiss economy benefits from the innovations developed by these corporations. A chance, too, for REMONDIS Schweiz AG – an important player in the recycling market there – to offer and expand its comprehensive range of services to all the different industries.
The strong growth enjoyed by the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries in Switzerland over the last twenty years has also had a positive impact on REMONDIS Schweiz AG. In 1994, it purchased a share for the very first time in B. Spadin AG in Schaffhausen. In 1996, it then acquired Erb Recycling in Geneva. Both companies specialise in recovering precious metals and recycling hazardous waste. They also accelerated the development of REMONDIS Schweiz AG. Today, the company has 130 employees and operates 55 vehicles, three treatment facilities and two recycling centres. “We focus on the core industries of Switzerland’s dynamic economy. Our goal is to make the most of our strengths to drive our business in the most important segments,” explained Pierre-André Vasseur, chairman of the board of directors.
The range of services offered by REMONDIS Schweiz AG has been influenced by the development of the Swiss economy. It is, therefore, one of the first firms that hospitals, doctors and pharmacies call when they need to have their medical waste collected and recycled. There are many medical professionals in Switzerland and, consequently, a large number of doctors’ practices, clinics and research institutes around the country. Besides providing its customers with a range of specialist on-site services, REMONDIS also guarantees that all residual waste is treated using hygienic and environmentally friendly means and in line with all legal regulations. A dedicated team of experts has been set up in Switzerland to support dentists and dental laboratories. One of their primary tasks here is to ensure the amalgam used in dentistry is collected safely. Amalgam fillings are made of alloys that contain mercury and so need to be processed under special conditions.
The Swiss recycling industry has also been shaped by the country’s chemicals and pharmaceutical businesses. It was from here that many companies originated, expanding throughout the whole of Europe. REMONDIS Schweiz AG is responsible for managing all waste management tasks at many of their plants. Moreover, its company, REMONDIS Waste Services AG, can be found in the well-known Infrapark in Muttenz, an industrial location that is home to many chemical and life science industries. Thanks to REMONDIS’ specialist expertise, it is able to provide the companies there with the complex services they need. REMONDIS Schweiz also owns a majority share in the hazardous waste treatment plant in the Canton of Geneva. 10,000t of the 25,000 tonnes of hazardous waste treated here each year are processed into liquid RDF for the cement industry. Its key customers also include businesses working in the aroma industry, for example perfume manufacturers.