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Suez acquires hazardous waste treatment plant in Germany

Suez strengthens its strategic partnership with Dow by taking over a hazardous waste treatment facility in Germany.

Dow ValuePark in Schkopau near Leipzig, Germany includes a rotary kiln for the treatment of hazardous waste and an industrial sludge dryer (photo courtesy Suez).

Dow ValuePark in Schkopau near Leipzig, Germany includes a rotary kiln for the treatment of hazardous waste and an industrial sludge dryer (photo courtesy Suez).

France-headed waste management and treatment major Suez has announced that its European entity, Industrial Waste Specialties (IWS) will take over a hazardous waste treatment facility in Germany from Dow. The treatment unit, located in the Dow ValuePark in Schkopau near Leipzig includes a rotary kiln for the treatment of hazardous waste and an industrial sludge dryer. The unit treats liquid and solid waste generated by Dow, on and off site, as well as from other industrial companies located in the ValuePark and surrounding area.

Strengthens position

Suez is well-established in Germany and has been delivering a complete range of household and industrial waste collection, recycling and treatment services for many years. According to a statement Suez will strengthen its presence by the acquisition of this facility, particularly in Saxony and Saxony Anhalt, where it already treats household waste in five cities, and has been recovering energy from hazardous waste by co-incineration in cement plants.

Energy and chemical recovery

The agreement entails that Suez will supply Dow and the other manufacturers on-site with up to 120 000 tonnes per annum of steam as well as chlorine recovered from the hazardous waste incineration process. The chlorine will be reused in the form of hydrochloric acid for industrial purposes.
Under the terms of this partnership, Suez will also dry and treat the sludge produced by the wastewater
treatment plant dedicated to the local industrial activity. The unit currently has a capacity of 35 000 tonnes per annum, however, according to Suez this can be increased to align with market demands.

– The development of industrial customers is one of our strategic priorities. The acquisition of this industrial waste treatment unit demonstrates our ambition to better meet more of our customers’ needs. Our expertise in the recovery and reuse of hazardous waste, now united in the IWS business unit, enables us to offer treatment solutions and environmental services adapted to industrial customer’s needs. We are proud of the faith that Dow has placed in us and this long-term strategic partnership is the fruit of ongoing cooperation on subjects related to the protection of resources, said Jean-Marc Boursier, Suez’s Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of Recycling & Recovery activities in Europe.

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