Frankfurt Chemical-Physical Treatment Plant and Hazardous Waste Collection Centre

We have been operating a chemical-physical hazardous waste treatment plant and hazardous waste collection centre in Frankfurt since 1978 for the environmentally friendly disposal of your hazardous wastes in accordance with legal regulations.

Substances are only processed in the chemical-physical treatment plant following a detailed analysis. Waste products are treated by lots in self-contained reaction vessels using neutralisation, reduction, oxidation and / or precipitation.

Inorganic acids and bases as well as other concentrates are neutralised for further treatment depending on the substances they contain. Toxic substances such as heavy metals, chromate or cyanide are either destroyed or immobilised and separated.

After treatment, the resulting sludge is pressed in a chamber filter press prior to proper disposal. Filtrate contaminated with organic substances is collected and cleaned using activated carbon. The remaining waste water is released into the municipal sewer network after being tested by our in-house laboratory and approved in accordance with the discharge conditions of the city of Frankfurt.

In the organic tract of the chemical-physical treatment plant, oily liquids are separated into solid, oil and water fractions. Then the water content of the oil fraction is reduced prior to recovery. The watery fraction is treated further in the chemical-physical treatment plant so that the resulting waste water is safe for discharge into the public sewer network according to the applicable discharge values. Separated sludge undergoes thermal treatment.

At the hazardous waste collection centre, wastes are accepted as bulk goods, in IBCs or barrels after a receiving inspection and temporarily stored in covered storage units. The wastes are sorted, conditioned, repackaged and assembled into larger shipments as needed before sending them to one of our plants or a selected cooperation partner.


Frankfurt Chemical-Physical Treatment Plant


Chemical-Physical Treatment Plant

The chemical-physical hazardous waste treatment plant in Frankfurt handles watery, inorganic wastes as well as liquid, oily mixtures. Inorganic wastes such as acids, bases, concentrates, thin sludge and landfill leachate are detoxified, neutralised and treated so that toxic substances such as heavy metals, chromate and cyanide are either destroyed or immobilised and separated.

Liquid organic mixtures are separated into solid, watery and oily fractions by a centrifuge process prior to appropriate further treatment. The solids and the oily fraction are recoverd or disposed of. The watery fraction is further treated in the plant.

Sludge resulting from the treatment of inorganic wastes and the watery fraction is dewatered. The filter cake is disposed of. Following laboratory tests, the resulting waste water is filtered using active carbon if required and then discharged into the sewer system.

The types of waste treated in our chemical-physical treatment plant include the following:

  • Acids and bases
  • Concentrates and rinsewater
  • Galvanic baths and sludge
  • Waste water andneutralisation sludge
  • Liquids and sludgecontaining cyanide / heavy metals
  • Waste water from coatingprocesses and spray booths
    • Grit chamber trappings andoil trap contents
    • Oil / water mixtures
    • Oil separation installationsludge
    • Tank and barrel cleaningsludge
      • Laboratory and finechemicals
        • Landfill leachate
          Certificate of the Frankfurt/Main waste management company (valid until 05/04/2012)






          Collection Centre

          In addition to wastes requiring chemical-physical treatment, we can also accept waste for thermal treatment, recovery, recycling or special disposal at the hazardous waste collection centre. Examples include:

          • Materials contaminatedwith oil, oil binders, oil filters
            • Lacquers and paints
            • Glues and solvents
            • Laboratory and finechemicals
            • Pesticides
            • Acids contaminated withorganic substances
            • Galvanic, neutralisationand phosphating sludge (semisolid)
              • Soil and excavatedmaterial
              • Asbestos waste
              • Packaging or materialscontaminated by chemicals
                • Small capacitors andwastes containing PCBs
                • Fluorescent lamps
                • Batteries
                • Waste electrical andelectronic equipment
                • Night-storage heaters
                • Used wood and roofing felt

                  For an exact list of the waste codes, please see the appendix in the PDF file:

                  Certificate of the Frankfurt/Main waste management company (valid until 05/04/2012)



                  The Disposal Process

                  Waste management is much more than the actual treatment of wastes. In the Frankfurt chemical-physical treatment plant and collection centre, we treat the supplied materials with due diligence, disposing of them properly and safely in the best interests of our customers and the environment. The potential negative impact of hazardous substances is effectively eliminated.

                  The typical disposal process includes the following steps:


                  Prior to Delivery
                  Based on the initial analysis of a waste sample, the HIM sales department establishes to which plant and under what acceptance conditions the waste will be delivered; a declaration of acceptance is issued. Receiving inspection tests are also defined at this stage. Prior to each delivery, the waste originator contacts the scheduling department of HIM Frankfurt to arrange a delivery date.


                  Analysis / Receiving Inspection
                  The results of the receiving inspection are compared to the recorded customer and waste data. Then the in-house laboratory establishes the treatment method as well as the required safety measures.


                  Waste is accepted at the receiving tanks of the chemical-physical treatment plant or the receiving areas of the hazardous waste collection centre (barrel storage, bulk goods storage).



                  Service Depends on People

                  HIM employees are qualified specialists in the fields of waste disposal and the remediation of contaminated sites. They are intimately familiar with the specific needs of their customers. This allows us to offer optimum solutions to your problems.

                  We emphasise customer service as well as technical expertise.
                  Talk to us! Our sales staff will be glad to assist you.



                  Safety Standards

                  The disposal of hazardous wastes is subject to strict legal regulations. In addition, we have implemented our own set of standards to effectively protect people and the environment. With additional obligations imposed by the statutory order on hazardous incidents, specific safety rules were established that have been implemented in the operations of the HIM plant in Stuttgart.

                  Plant safety inspections are also conducted at regular intervals along with fire protection inspections by the Frankfurt fire department and other authorities. Approval processes pursuant to the Federal Immission Control Act (BImschG) and safety reports form the foundation for the implementation of legal requirements.

                  Our well-trained, responsible employees ensure that operations meet legal requirements and our own standards.