So much work – so little time
By hand and machine
Reducing greenhouse gases
The reason for the successful reduction in CO₂ emissions is a highly effective, ultramodern recycling system. With this system, 84,000 tons of greenhouse gases are trapped and recycled in the landfills, which are now all enclosed. Moreover, BSR operates Europe’s most modern waste incineration plant in the suburb of Spandau. In 2011, the plant recovered enough energy from about 523,000 tons of trash to supply over 61,000 households with electricity and 35,000 with heat.
In 2013, a biogas fermentation plant came online. This too relies on the latest technology of its kind. This facility turns about 60,000 tons of biowaste into biogas every year. It is planned in the future to use this gas to power appropriately equipped garbage collection vehicles. As a result, over half of the thousands of kilometres travelled by these vehicles will represent no climatic burden whatsoever. Another opportunity for the future is the hydrothermal carbonation of biogenic waste materials, such as fallen leaves. At 200 °C and 20 bar pressure, the plant creates environmentally friendly biocoal. This process is still being tested.