REMONDIS and Pyrum Innovations AG sign a declaration of intent and start planning a joint recycling plant in Bremen

The plant is supposed to have a recycling capacity of 20,000 tons of old tires per year, from which the raw material carbon black will be recovered

Pascal Klein, CEO Pyrum (links), mit Jürgen F. Ephan, Geschäftsführer der REMONDIS (rechts)
Pascal Klein, CEO Pyrum (left), with Jürgen F. Ephan, Managing Director of REMONDIS (right) © Pyrum
  • New plant with a capacity of 20,000 tons of used tires per year, based on Pyrum recycling technology, planned in the port of Bremen
  • Remondis and Pyrum have already started with the first factory layouts
  • The approval process is scheduled to start in the coming weeks

Pyrum Innovations AG (“Pyrum”, the “Company”, ISIN: DE000A2G8ZX8) together with the recycling company REMONDIS have announced the starting signal for planning a Pyrum plant for recycling used tires. A letter of intent was recently signed for this purpose. The plant will be located on a site owned by Weserport in Bremen, a subsidiary of REMONDIS sister company Rhenus. It will have a recycling capacity of 20,000 tons of old tires per year, from which the raw material carbon black will be recovered. 

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum: “We are incredibly proud that REMONDIS has chosen our technology and is now taking the step with us to build a factory based on Pyrum technology. This is another important milestone in increasing our recycling capacity to meet the high demand for our end products. The new plant will also help to sustainably transform the used tire market and take a further step towards the circular economy. REMONDIS, the leading German recycling company, has chosen our technology. The buyer for the pyrolysis oil produced by the new plant in Bremen will be the chemical company BASF SE, which will use the oil in its production network to produce mass-balanced products. Through the project, we are further expanding the existing trusting collaboration.”

Jürgen F. Ephan, Managing Director of REMONDIS Recycling GmbH & Co. KG: “It is in the DNA of our company to create and further develop material cycles. We are therefore very pleased about the partnership with Pyrum, in which we are taking on a previously very challenging material stream that to date could only be used thermally. Together we are actively contributing to making our society and economy a little more circular instead of linear. The recovered raw material Carbon Black can be completely reused in the production of new tires. This is the ideal case of the circular economy.”

It is planned that Pyrum will start preparing the approval documents required for construction in the next few weeks, which are to be submitted in the first half of 2024. The investment volume for the new system amounts to approximately EUR 40 million. Pyrum can thus further expand the pipeline for the construction of pyrolysis plants. In addition to the planned own plant in Saarland, five other plants are currently in the planning and approval phase in cooperation with various partners.


REMONDIS is one of the world’s leading private companies for recycling, service and water and provides services to around 30 million people. REMONDIS is present in over 30 countries on three continents through branches and shares in companies. The family business, founded in 1934, generates annual sales of 12.6 billion euros (2022) with more than 40,000 employees. REMONDIS makes a significant contribution to environmental and resource protection across many business areas. Starting with the recovery of valuable raw materials from industrial and household waste, through the production of high-quality recycled raw materials and the conversion of non-recyclable residues into fuels. Last but not least, the company is increasingly contributing to the energy transition through the use of biomass as an energy source. REMONDIS sees itself as a global contact and advisor for industry, trade and municipalities in order to find regional and individual solutions.

About Pyrum Innovations AG

Pyrum Innovations AG is active in the attractive recycling market for used tires with its patented pyrolysis technology. Pyrum’s pyrolysis process is largely energy self-sufficient and, according to the Fraunhofer Institute, saves significantly more CO2 emissions than today’s usual recycling processes for old tires – especially compared to incineration in cement plants – and produces new raw materials such as pyrolysis oil, gas and recycled industrial carbon black from the waste used as input materials (recovered Carbon Black – rCB). Pyrum thus closes the recycling cycle and pursues a sustainable business model.

As a pioneer, Pyrum Innovations AG was the first company in the area of used tire recycling to receive REACH registration from the European Chemicals Agency ECHA in 2018 for the pyrolysis oil produced. This means that the oil is recognized as an official raw material that can be used in production processes.

In addition, Pyrum has received ISCC PLUS certification for the pyrolysis oil and rCB. Both products are therefore considered sustainable and renewable raw materials. Pyrum has also received ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system and ISO 9001 certification for its quality management. These successes were also recognized by international tire industry experts. Pyrum was honored in the Best Tire Recycling Innovation category at the inaugural Recircle Awards and nominated for the Grand Medium-Sized Enterprise Prize from the state of Saarland.


Pyrum, press release, 2023-11-13.


Pyrum Innovations AG
Remondis Group


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