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.
Around 1,400 people work at the Lippe Plant – a number that is increasing all the time
From organic material, to metal slag, all the way through to plastics: a whole range of recyclables are recovered from waste at the Lippe Plant so that they can be returned to production cycles. What’s more, the experts at the Lippe Plant develop patented processes 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. 450 lorries travel to the site every single day – and around one million tonnes of residual materials are delivered to the Lippe Plant each year
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 – 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
The main administration buildings at the Lippe Plant are also home to the company’s head office which runs the REMONDIS Group’s global operations.
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.
3. Plant security & fire station
REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant has its own security office and fire station. A clear sign that both security and safety are very important here.
4. Metal slag processing
The residual materials generated during high grade steel production processes contain valuable metals. These metals are recovered at the Lippe Plant – with the biggest fraction being copper.
5. Disposal of high risk animal by-products
We not only have the know-how and technology at the Lippe Plant to dispose of high risk animal by-products safely, we also ensure they are put to good, sustainable use.
6. Treatment of organic waste
We recycle organic material into quality-assured composts and environmentally friendly biogas at our state-of-the-art composting plant.
7. Production of biodiesel
We produce biodiesel from animal fats and old cooking oil at the Lippe Plant – a particularly environmentally friendly type of fuel.
8. Production of binding agents
Every year, 262,200 tonnes of FGD gypsum are processed into high quality binding agents at the Lippe Plant – for example, for wall plaster and floor screed.
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 at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant.
10. Production of white minerals
A raw material is produced at the Lippe Plant that very few people know about even though they come into contact with it every day: the patented white mineral CASUL®.
11. Fluidised-bed power station
The task of the fluidised-bed power station at the Lippe Plant is to make the very most of non-recyclable waste.
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.
14. Plastics recycling
22,400 tonnes of old plastic are transformed into high quality recycled plastic at REMONDIS’ Lippe Plant every year.
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.
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.
17. WEEE recycling
We dismantle any appliances that have a plug or battery so that we can recover their valuable contents.
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
The Lippe Plant is not only busy during the day. Material can be delivered to the site around the clock
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