Our core business is the long-term safe recovery and disposal of hazardous waste. Unique to our industry is the variety of locations, techniques and procedures that are used.
In addition to the actual disposal, we carry out the relevant analyses, packaging and transport, which is prepared and accompanied by our team. Since every project is unique, you the client are the one who decides which services are best suited to your project.
During the 45 years we have been serving customers in this market, we have dealt with all kinds of materials. This invaluable experience acts as the basis for how we help you resolve your disposal issues. Numerous laws and regulations apply to the disposal of hazardous waste and our seasoned team of in-house experts keep up to date on all the latest regulations. We are then in the ideal position to advise you on how best to go about disposing your waste. By and large, our initial assessments are confirmed by the comprehensive analyses that follow.
Your K+S contact keeps you up to date throughout the course of the project and answers any questions and concerns you might have.
The first step in choosing the safest possible method for the disposal of waste is a thorough analysis of the waste itself. The K+S Group’s accredited Centre for Research and Analysis is well versed in the standardised methods as well as in our own unique internal procedures. Working closely with our experts in waste chemistry, the laboratory takes care of everything including the analysis of solids, site-specific analyses and critical metrics concerning the health and safety of the team on the front lines of the waste processing.
We will help you get the notification you need for disposal. The regulatory requirements affecting your project are well known to us and we will accompany you throughout the process from the declaration to the approved notification.
By having so much know-how in-house, we are able to independently assess the situation, make a decision and then act quickly. Independent experts review our initial assessment as the location, the process or the technology used call for it.
We are here to advise you on your choices for packaging waste in big bags, barrels or steel boxes, if needed for transport, handling and storage. In contrast to underground waste disposal, which generally requires protective packaging, recoverable waste can also be disposed of in bulk form, that is without packaging.
Upon request, we can procure and supply the right packaging for you. Safety and reliability are our top priorities which is why we only work with suppliers whose quality standards align with ours.
K+S disposal sites are all conveniently located and equipped to handle any type of delivery.
By truck, sea freight container or train, every day or once a year, the K+S Group’s logistics experts move more than 56 million tonnes of material worldwide every year. Helping you find the solution that is best for your project is what we do. We have years of experience navigating through the domestic and international legal requirements for the transport of hazardous waste. When choosing logistics partners, we look to companies with the most qualified drivers and vehicles in top working order.
If you wish, we will provide you with offers from partners who will coordinate the transport of your waste from the production site to the disposal facility. You are then free to choose the offer that works best for you or to find another outside solution.
Disposal: The safest place to dispose of environmentally hazardous waste is in one of our underground waste disposal plants. There, the substances are separated from the biosphere by water- and air-tight layers of rock and salt several hundred meters thick.
Retrieval: Your waste can become a valued commodity overnight. We carefully document exactly where and in which underground facility we store which material. This makes it possible to recover waste for recycling if and when commodity prices make it economically viable.
Recovery: For other mineral materials, the best option is underground recovery. We take advantage of the physical characteristics of less contaminated waste to secure mines. This recoverable waste has to withstand considerable rock pressure through long periods of time and some substances have to be treated according to their composition. In order to utilize as many different types of waste as possible, we are constantly developing new processes and formulas.
Recycling: From the salt slag produced in the secondary aluminium industry, we obtain aluminium granulate, salt fluxes and substrates for greening of tailings piles. We also use building materials to recultivate a potash tailings pile in Lower Saxony.