Being one of the world’s leading recycling, service and water companies, REMONDIS has around 1,000 business locations across the globe. These can be found in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
REMONDIS’ business activities in Germany are managed and carried out by its six regional companies. REMONDIS also has a whole variety of specialist companies, many of which are based here in Germany as well.
Non-ferrous metals cover all kinds of metals that do not contain any – or any appreciable amounts – of iron. Typical non-ferrous metals include for example aluminium and copper. As is the case with steel, non-ferrous metals are widely recycled and high quality recycling systems able to handle large volumes of materials have been in place in Germany for many years now. Recycling rates, therefore, are correspondingly high and lie above 90%. What’s more, non-ferrous metals are produced using a high proportion of recycled raw materials. Altogether, the recycled content for the five most commonly produced metals (aluminium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc) lies at almost 50%. This not only has a noticeable impact on resource conservation but also on climate protection. Why? Because producing non-ferrous metals from recycled raw materials requires far less energy and produces far fewer carbon emissions than producing them using virgin raw materials.
* Valid for the five most commonly used non-ferrous metals: aluminium, copper, lead, nickel and tin (as in 2014)
The same is true for all non-ferrous metals: they can be recycled endlessly with practically no loss in quality. This fact alone makes them the perfect recyclable raw material.
Worldwide, 75% of all aluminium that has ever been mined is still in circulation. Compared to manufacturing aluminium from bauxite, recovering aluminium is much better for the environment, uses far less energy and generates far fewer emissions. Every tonne of recycled aluminium saves eleven tonnes of CO2.
Producing aluminium from recycled raw materials is much better for our climate than using the natural resource bauxite
500 tonnes of copper ore are needed to produce one tonne of pure copper. The same amount can be made using 20 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment. It is, therefore, more than worth its while to use recycled raw materials to produce copper. Both the circular economy and industry have recognised this fact. Almost 80% of all copper that has ever been mined is still in circulation.
Around 35% of the copper produced worldwide comes from recycling activities. This figure lies at 40% in Germany
Thanks to TSR, the REMONDIS Group has a company that specialises in recycling ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Find out more about how TSR promotes sustainability