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High quality minerals recycling

Mineral material recycling: A question of responsibility

According to monitoring reports of the specialist initiative Kreislaufwirtschaft Bau, annual demand of the German construction sector for mineral raw materials for construction amounts to around 550 million tonnes. These quantities are necessary in the construction industry, e.g. for the creation of housing or the construction and maintenance of infrastructure. In this context, aggregates resulting from high-quality construction material recycling together with other secondary aggregates not only contribute to the conservation of natural raw materials. They also significantly reduce the depletion of landscapes.

Large-scale resource and landscape conservation

According to forecasts, Germany's demand for raw materials from primary rock and soil sources could rise to 650 million tonnes by 2035, an increase of 18 percent compared with 2014. Against this background, the recycling of mineral waste is urgently needed. The activities of mineral recycling not only ensure a sustainable approach to nature, but also guarantee a reliable supply of important mineral construction materials. At the same time, landscape depletion is reduced. The result is two-fold; because mineral recycling reduces the massive loss of land from the extraction of natural resources, and at the same time stops land from being used for the landfilling of materials that can be reused.

Our contribution: Sustainable resource creation

REMEX is a specialist for the best possible recycling and reuse of minerals. We produce secondary construction materials from soil and road construction waste and the demolition of old buildings, but also from ash and slag from industrial production, power stations or waste incineration plants. Intelligent processing in REMEX plants produces high-quality recycled aggregates and quality-assured secondary aggregates. Our branded aggregates REMEXIT and GRANOVA offer customers a wide range of applications due to well-defined chemical and physical properties and strict quality controls. REMEX also extracts large quantities of ferrous scrap and other valuable metals from mineral waste, which are returned to the material cycle.

Recycling of various mineral materials

Construction and demolition waste as well as ash, slag and dust are the input materials for REMEX secondary construction materials; the results are recycled and secondary aggregates for earthworks and road construction as well as civil engineering.

Towards a closed cycle: Strategic considerations

How can the recycling of construction materials or the general recycling of minerals contribute to a sustainable raw materials strategy?

  • Greater awareness of the limited availability of mineral resources
  • Opening up further fields of application for recycling and secondary aggregates
  • Development of groundbreaking processes for even higher recycling rates
  • Equal treatment of quality-assured recycled aggregates and primary aggregates
  • Greater consideration of recycled aggregates in public tenders
  • Binding reuse regulations – in Germany uniform national requirements instead of isolated solutions at state level
  • Knowledge transfer to other countries worldwide
  • Organisation and development of mineral material cycles, also internationally

Our association memberships

We are committed members of recycling associations both nationally and internationally. For example, we are a member of the German Federal Association of Recycling Building Materials (BRB) and a member of Fédération Internationale du Recyclage (FIR).