Eldan Recycling A/S

Intelligent recycling - modern technology - Case Study

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  • Recycling areas: Tyre
  • Company name: ESTATO Umweltservice GmbH
  • Located: Weiden and Werl, Germany.
  • Founded: 1998
  • Employees: 94

ESTATO Umweltservice is responsible for each and every kind of waste in the A.T.U garages. They have two recycling centres, one in Weiden and one in Werl. The waste of every A.T.U branch in Germany and Austria and also parts of the waste from branches in other European countries are disposed and above all recycled in these plants (recycle used tires, paper, shock absorbers, oilfilters, batteries, steel and sheet metal parts etc). A.T.U has been active within the recycling industry for almost 20 years by separating the usable materials from the unusable, and then reusing them in a suitable way. Making use of the materials benefits: “Intelligentes Recycling – Modernste Technik” (Intelligent Recycling – Modern Technology). In 2009 the name was changed from ATU Umweltservice to ESTATO Umweltservice. Turn over: EUR 38 million (2009). A.T.U Auto-Teile Unger Handels GmbH & Co. KG Located: Headquater in Weiden, Germany with 645 branches in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland Established: 1985. Employees: 13 000. 2009 sales: EUR 1.24 billion A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Handels GmbH & Co. KG, is a German company specializing in auto retail stores and integrated, brand-independent workshops. In addition to this their Subsidiary is also active within tyre recycling. The company operates its own technical and commercial training centres. The company is based in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany. In 2008 the number of shops had increased to 600.

A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger is a German company specializing in auto retail stores and integrated, brand-independent workshops. Parent company is the A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Handels GmbH & Co. KG and for the environmentally friendly disposal of the garage waste A.T.U has an own subsidiary, the ESTATO Umweltservice GmbH. A.T.U has been active with recycling for almost 20 years.

Since 1992 A.T.U has been separating the usable materials from the unusable, and then reusing them in a suitable way. In 2000 ESTATO built up a 50.000 m² big recycling plant with modern recycling technology to make further use of the materials benefits: “Intelligentes Recycling – Modernste Technik” (Intelligent Recycling – Modern Technology). They recycled for example metal scrap (catalysers, brake discs, batteries and so on for sale to scrap dealers), oil filters (for shredding, de-oiling and take out the ferrous-scrap), draining shock absorbers and pressing the package with a baling press to sell the paper to the paper industry. An additional part of the environmental concept was the truck washing machine which works only and solely with rain water. But definitely the biggest part of the waste ESTATO had to deal with were tyres. They already sorted out the good from the bad ones, and resold the good, and burned the bad in the cement industry. In 2001 they became interested in a better solution and began looking for a way to recycle the bad tyres themselves.