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“Hazardous waste is waste we want nothing to do with,” says the one group. “Handling hazardous waste is what makes our work so interesting,” says the other. In this case, ‘the other’ is the team of employees at REMONDIS’ business in Bramsche, the company’s central location for dealing with waste classified as particularly hazardous. The Bramsche Industrial Recycling Centre is one of the leading plants across the whole of Europe for recycling industrial waste. 600 different types of industrial waste can be treated there – whether it be solid, semi-solid, liquid or gaseous, whether it pose a minor or a major risk.
Stringent safety standards must be in place when dealing with explosive, inflammable and toxic materials on a daily basis. Prevention is the ultimate goal here. Samples are taken before any waste is treated so they can be tested in the on-site laboratory to identify the exact properties of the material. The treatment processes in the various plants may not begin until this has been completed – with all stages being continuously monitored by technical safety systems. The site is also home to a high stack storage area made inert with nitrogen and a secure gas storage facility to eliminate any risks whilst the waste is being stored before treatment. Special biofilters and a range of systems to protect the soil and water networks ensure the environment is never put at risk either. Moreover, the plant has its own fire brigade and a full range of fire and rescue equipment to guarantee the highest standards of safety are met at all times.
High performance conditioning facilities are needed to recycle hazardous waste safely. Such technology cuts up the material, homogenises it and mixes it – all in fully separate processes. Materials that are particularly problematic are treated in areas that have been made inert with nitrogen. This is certainly one of the more challenging areas of the recycling sector and specialist knowledge is vital. Many of the 150 people working at the centre in Bramsche – such as the chemical laboratory assistants – have been trained by the company itself. “By taking on and training our own apprentices, we can ensure that we continue to offer safe and top quality services,” explained branch manager, Christian Deing.
The Bramsche Industrial Recycling Centre is well-known across Europe for the expert way it recycles hazardous materials. It also shows how REMONDIS is able to recover practically every type of substance and return them to production cycles
Over the years, Bramsche has also developed and set up four specialist divisions known as RESPRAY, RENOX, RENOTHERM and RENOMETALL. No matter what the work, priority is always put on recycling the waste – as, at REMONDIS, the treatment of hazardous materials is always designed so that they can be returned to the economic cycle, whenever possible, after they have been made safe.
RENOX specialises in transporting special chemicals, in treating them in chemical-physical facilities or disposing of them safely using direct incineration systems. One of the special features of the Bramsche Industrial Recycling Centre is its high temperature incineration plant that is even able to incinerate reactive and toxic chemicals and mixed materials as it reaches temperatures of over 1,100°C.
REMONDIS Industrie Service markets a high quality fuel produced from industrial waste which is sold under its RENOTHERM brand name. Using processes developed by the company itself, substances, such as old paints or adhesives, are screened, treated using complex procedures and then transformed into RDF fuel with a guaranteed calorific value. Such fuels help to sustainably conserve our planet’s natural reserves of coal, gas and oil.
Metals such as tinplate and aluminium – which also leave the new HAZPAK aerosol can recycling facility compacted into briquettes – are recovered and returned to the metal processing industry under the RENOMETALL name.
Each year, 80,000 tonnes of hazardous materials are recycled in Bramsche so that they can be returned to production cycles as raw materials. Thanks to this centre, therefore, waste that poses a risk to the environment can also be used to conserve our planet’s natural resources.