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The world of the
REMONDIS Lippe Plant


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REMONDIS´ Lippe Plant
  • Covering an area of 230 hectares, REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant is home to a wide range of innovative recycling systems – making it Europe’s largest industrial recycling centre.

A REMONDIS site acting as an international role model

  • Around 1,400 people work at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant – a number that is increasing all the time

  • From organic material, to metal slag, all the way through to plastics: REMONDIS recovers a whole range of recyclables from waste at its Lippe Plant so that it can return them to material cycles or supply them to industry. What’s more, patented processes are developed here so that residual materials can be transformed into new, top quality products. Like the sodium aluminate, ALUMIN, made from waste containing aluminium or the high quality binding agents produced from FGD gypsum – a waste product generated by flue gas desulphurisation systems.

  • Approx. 700-800 lorries travel to REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant every single day. In some cases, the material delivered to the site can be used for more than one application (“cascaded use”) and is processed by several different facilities.

Take a virtual tour around REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant

  • Do you fancy going on a guided tour around the Lippe Plant?

  • What facilities can be found where at the Lippe Plant? Our overview provides the answer to this question. However, it not only shows you the individual facilities and production plants of the various REMONDIS companies located at the site – it also provides you with a link, enabling you to go straight to the page that gives a detailed description of the relevant field of business.

      • 1. Main administration buildings

        REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant is also home to this international group’s head office. 

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        2. Water tower

        REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant has its own water tower. It has been one of the site’s well-known landmarks for many decades now.

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        3. Plant security & fire station

        A plant security office and fire station are also located at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant. A clear sign that both security and safety are very important here.

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        4. Metal slag processing

        The residual materials generated during high grade steel production contain valuable metals. REMONDIS’ company LEGRAN recovers these metals. Primarily copper.

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        5. Disposal of high risk animal by-products

        SecAnim disposes of high risk animal by-products safely and ensures they are put to good, sustainable use. 

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        6. Treatment of organic waste

        REMONDIS’ subsidiary RETERRA recycles organic material into quality-assured composts and environmentally friendly biogas at its state-of-the-art composting plant. 

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        7. Production of biodiesel

        ecoMotion produces biodiesel from animal fats and old cooking oil – a particularly environmentally friendly type of fuel. 

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        8. Production of binding agents

        Every year, REMONDIS Production processes 262,200 tonnes of FGD gypsum into high quality binding agents – for example, for wall plaster and floor screed. 

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        9. Production of sodium aluminate

        Sodium aluminate is a specialty chemical that is used in a number of sectors including water treatment. It is produced by REMONDIS Production. 

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        10. Production of white minerals

        REMONDIS Production produces a raw material here that very few people know about even though they come into contact with it every day: the patented white mineral CASUL.

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        11. Fluidised-bed furnace

        The task of the fluidised-bed furnace at the Lippe Plant is to make the very most of non-recyclable waste. 

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        12. Transfer centre for medical waste

        The Lippe Plant is a stopover location or even the final destination for healthcare waste on its way to being safely treated.

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        13. Timber processing & biomass-fired power plant

        Making the very most of old wood – REMONDIS does this at the Lippe Plant as well. For example by producing and using carbon-neutral fuel.

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        14. Plastics recycling

        REMONDIS’ subsidiary RE Plano transforms 22,400 tonnes of old plastic into high quality recycled plastic every year.

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        15. Second-use battery storage unit

        What to do with old batteries from electric cars? The answer can be found at the Lippe Plant which is home to the world’s largest second-use battery storage unit.

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        16. Umwelt Control Labor

        The Lippe Plant has its own accredited, independent specialist laboratory. Very useful when the recyclability of products needs to be assessed.

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        17. WEEE recycling

        REMONDIS Electrorecycling dismantles any appliances that have a plug or battery so that it can recover their valuable contents. 

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        13. Timber processing & biomass-fired power plant

        Making the very most of old wood – REMONDIS does this at the Lippe Plant as well. For example by producing and using carbon-neutral fuel.

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        18. Mixed waste sorting facility

        GWA RE makes the most of the state-of-the-art facility that it operates here to recover recyclable materials from mixed waste.

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        19. Infectious waste treatment plant

        Infectious waste is treated here at an innovative sterilisation plant. As a result, it must no longer be declared as hazardous and can be sent for thermal treatment instead.

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The transformation from an aluminium plant into a recycling centre

  • One very special feature of the Lippe Plant is that it is itself an excellent example of successful recycling. All those areas that now house dozens of different types of recycling technologies used to be used to produce aluminium until 1990. REMONDIS took over the Lippe Plant from Vereinigte Aluminiumwerken AG in 1993 and has gradually developed the site since then – turning it into an industrial recycling centre and steadily increasing the number of residual materials it can process. The machines, plants and buildings that were there at the time were not demolished but deliberately converted and transformed into recycling facilities. Just one example here are the rod and ball mills at the site: previously used for processing bauxite, these mills now perform excellent work recycling metal slag. Another is the fluidised-bed power station which was built while the Lippe Plant was still being used to produce aluminium. At the time it was the world’s first and only fluidised-bed power station and it is still supplying the whole site with electricity and heat. The only difference: it is no longer run on coal as in the past but generates energy by incinerating non-recyclable waste.

    • Today’s Lippe Plant was home to an aluminium plant until 1990. This photo was taken back in 1960

  • Have you got a question you’d like to ask about the Lippe Plant? Then simply get it touch – we’re there to help. You can either use our contact form or give us a call at: T +49 2306 106-0

REMONDIS Production: the company at the heart of the operations

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  • REMONDIS Production is responsible for both running and managing the Lippe Plant. This company is in charge of renting out, leasing and administering all of the buildings and plots of land at the site. What’s more, REMONDIS Production ensures there are sufficient supplies of gas, compressed air, steam and electricity as well as of drinking and process water. Besides its many infrastructure and network management services, REMONDIS Production truly does live up to its name. The firm plays a leading role when it comes to developing new products and technologies. For example, in the areas of metal slag processing LEGRAN, the production of white minerals CASUL and the production of sodium aluminate ALUMIN.

  • The Lippe Plant is not only busy during the day. Material can be delivered to the site around the clock

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