You only need to look at the way the global economy and population are steadily growing to know that there really is no alternative to recycling. Our planet’s natural resources are finite. Any attempts to satisfy demand with primary raw materials alone are bound to fail. What’s more, far more energy is needed to produce ferrous and non-ferrous metals from primary raw materials than to recycle them – which also means, of course, that the carbon emissions are much higher as well. With the need for metal recycling being so urgent, there is no getting away from the fact that companies supplying recycled raw materials such as ours are inextricably linked with environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainable development. We are well aware just what a responsibility this is. But we see this as being something good as it allows us to have a positive impact on society and the environment. Which is exactly what we do. Every single day. Working for the future.
Using recycled raw materials instead of producing metals from primary resources reduces emissions dramatically.
The amount of energy saved by our recycling activities each year covers the requirements of 2.6 million three-person households.
The more steel and iron that is recycled, the less ore needs to be mined. This not only conserves resources, it is also good for our environment and our climate.
The majority of the energy needed to produce metals comes from coal. This means that systematic recycling reduces the amount of coal that needs to be mined.
* These calculations are based on the amount of steel, aluminium and copper recycled by the TSR Group in 2021 as well as on the Prognos study (2022) comissioned by TSR Recycling and data published by BDEW [Federal Water & Energy Association] and BIR
** These calculations are based on the amount of steel recycled by the TSR Group in 2021 as well as on the Prognos study (2022) comissioned by TSR Recycling and on data published by BIR.
The best way to discover just how sustainable and worthwhile metal recycling actually is and to see how it protects the environment and our climate is to take a look at aluminium. The amount of energy needed to recycle drinks cans and use the recycled aluminium to create new products is twenty times lower than when the primary raw material bauxite is used. This also means, of course, 95 percent fewer carbon emissions. Companies interested in actually practising sustainability rather than just talking about it will, therefore, have no choice but to focus on the subject of aluminium. And that is exactly what we are doing. Working together with both aluminium manufacturers and processors, we are doing everything in our power to find the best way to close the aluminium life cycle and comprehensively recycle this valuable lightweight metal. Would you like to find out more about how we do this? No problem. Simply sit back and immerse yourself in the world of aluminium - by watching our VR film on recycling drinks cans.
The VR film "Gelebte Kreislaufwirtschaft - Stoffstrom Alumium" [The circular economy in action - the material stream aluminium] is a collaborative project between the BDE, Trimet, Ball Packaging, Forum Getränkedose, REMONDIS and TSR
We recommend that you watch this film on a mobile device to get the best immersive experience. Alternatively, you can look around the 360° scene by clicking and dragging your mouse.
We believe it is really important to promote the role of sustainability in the economy and to help our customers use sustainable development to add real value to their business. It was precisely for this reason that we decided to find a way to document the efforts firms have been making to make their operations more sustainable: TSR’s Sustainability Certificate. Divided up into 17 main categories, this certificate details how the metal recycling activities carried out by TSR on behalf of its clients help reduce consumption. An extremely interesting document – not just for large corporations that are obliged to publish environmental reports but also for small and medium-sized firms. Especially as the whole subject of sustainability is becoming increasingly important for all those running a business. What’s more, the Sustainability Certificate delivers pertinent information about a customer’s operations. For example, highlighting where improvements can still be made in the area of metal recycling.
The calculations take into account all the different processes that each individual type of metal goes through – from storing and collecting the material, to transporting it, all the way through to recycling it. Negative factors (such as the carbon emissions produced by the refuse collection vehicles) and positive factors (e.g. returning recycled materials to production cycles) are offset against each other. The final result is an exact list of how the recycling activities reduce consumption of energy and primary raw materials and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
An example of the components used in the calculation
Companies, such as TSR, that have made sustainability their purpose must make sure that their own business is run to the highest of standards. This not only includes constantly looking at ways to improve their operations but also ensuring they meet and fulfil all the relevant criteria and regulations. We do this in a number of ways, for example by making certain our branches have the right certificates and accreditations and that these are checked and renewed regularly. These include:
ISO 9001 quality management systems
OHSAS 18001 health & safety management
ISO 50001 energy management
EfbV (specialist waste management business)
The first things that come to mind when you think of sustainability tend to be environmental and economic factors. Sustainable development, however, also includes social components, which must also be fulfilled. This involves a company playing a responsible role in society – treating its employees fairly as well as creating jobs for low-skilled people. TSR is leading the way in both these areas. The staff sorting materials in our plants contribute just as much towards our company’s success as the engineers planning a new facility and all are treated with the same respect and appreciation. What’s more, we offer flat hierarchies and good career prospects – no matter what qualifications our employees may have had when they joined us. If someone actively helps to advance TSR and its business then their efforts will be rewarded.
Staff training courses are held regularly to ensure TSR’s environmental management systems are operated in the best possible way. Our customers benefit from this as well. For example via our consulting services