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RESPRAY opens a state-of-the-art aerosol recycling facility

Germany’s largest aerosol recycler expands its facility in Bramsche with cutting-edge technology from Canada.

Bramsche. Over the last three years, REMONDIS has invested heavily in further improving its aerosol recycling system at its Industrial Recycling Centre in Bramsche. The new facility – known as “HAZPAK” – is now fully operational. It is the most modern plant of its kind in Germany and is officially being opened on 01 July 2016.

Approx. 80,000 tonnes of aerosol cans are produced in Germany every year but a mere 10% of these are professionally recycled to minimise the potential danger they pose to humans and the environment and to maximise materials recycling. Around 60% percent of these end up at RESPRAY making it the biggest aerosol recycler in Germany. The company is looking to further extend its position on the market and is officially opening the most efficient and most modern aerosol recycling facility at its plant in Bramsche on 01 July. RESPRAY will, therefore, now be able to process 6,500t of full, partially full and empty aerosol cans generated by industrial and commercial businesses every year. RESPRAY’s new HAZPAK facility not only means that it can process greater quantities of aerosols. By investing in better technology, the company can now recover far more materials for recycling: a compressor, for example, liquefies the propellant gas so it can be sent on and used as a source of energy. Any residue liquid in the cans is extracted and thermally treated. Moreover, all metals are automatically washed and compacted into briquettes. Tinplate and aluminium can then be recovered from these so they can be returned to production cycles.

There is a very good reason why the Canadian manufacturers named this special type of facility HAZPAK. An abbreviation of ‘hazardous packaging’‚ HAZPAK is the perfect name as aerosols are classified as hazardous waste. It can be extremely dangerous for consumers to dispose of their old aerosol cans as the propellant gases (propane, butane and dimethyl ether) are highly inflammable and can cause an explosion if they come into contact with oxygen. As aerosol cans are never completely empty nor fully depressurised, they must, by law, be transported in special container systems and sent for professional recycling/disposal. RESPRAY has reacted to these legislation requirements by developing a special container system that carefully binds liquids and captures and removes any propellants that may be released.

Background information

RESPRAY is a division of REMONDIS Industrie Service GmbH, a company specialising in recycling hazardous substances. RESPRAY offers its customers a full range of aerosol recycling services that guarantees the safe and reliable collection, transport and recycling/disposal of full and partially full aerosol cans generated by industrial and commercial businesses. REMONDIS Industrie Service developed its RESPRAY aerosol collection system as a new service for all businesses that need old aerosol cans or PU foam containers to be collected from their premises regularly.

All in all, REMONDIS Industrie Service treats 1.2 million tonnes of hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and retail businesses every year using safe, reliable and environmentally sound processes. 80,000 tonnes of this ends up at the Industrial Recycling Centre in Bramsche (located in the German state of Lower Saxony) which is able to process, recycle or safely dispose of over 600 different types of hazardous waste using innovative processes, specialist facilities and intelligent solutions.

REMONDIS is one of the world's largest privately owned recycling, service and water companies and provides services to around 30 million people. Via its branches and associated companies, REMONDIS operates across four continents including 24 European countries, China, India, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Australia. Founded in 1934, this family-run business has a workforce of over 32,000 employees and an annual turnover of 6 billion euros (2015). REMONDIS focuses on developing partnerships to implement novel and forward-looking concepts and ideas to help conserve our raw material and water supplies for future generations.

Further information available from:

REMONDIS SE & Co. KG
Anna Ephan
Communications / Press
Brunnenstraße 138
44536 Lünen
Tel.: +49(0)2306/106-871
Fax: +49(0)2306/106-530
Internet: www.remondis.de
Email: anna.ephan@remondis.de

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