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Environment

Waste into Value


INSTEAD OF LANDFILLS, THE WASTE PAPER IN DISPOSED AT OUR PAPER MILL
The paper mill of Hamburger Hungaria turns waste paper into value instead of disposing it in incineration plants or landfills. Waste paper fibers can be recycled six times a year, which enables – by means of a well-organized collection system – major primary raw material savings. Thus, it is worth collecting waste paper selectively.
 
WE RECOVER 95% OF THE WASTE GENERATED DURING PRODUCTION
Not only production but the whole of the production process is characterized by recovery, as 95% of the waste generated during production is further recovered. The majority of the waste is utilized in our power plant for energetic purposes.

Efficient and Green Energy Management

WE USE HALF AS MUCH ENERGY THAN WE DID 20 YEARS AGO
Due to the continuous technological and energy efficiency developments, we use approximately half the amount of energy for the production of one ton of product than we did 20 years ago. 
 
WE USE ENERGY PRODUCED BY OWN
In order to increase the waste recycling rate and self-sufficiency, with a 15 million euro investment in 2016, our own power plant was put into service, which can also utilize raw materials obtained from domestic waste. Our high-tech power plant has the capacity to produce 158 MW thermal energy and 42 MW electricity ensuring the plant’s energy self-sufficiency for the operation of the paper mill as well as promotes the utilization of residual waste from paper production that was previously disposed at landfill sites.

Responsible Water Management

CLEAN WATER IS RELEASED INTO THE DANUBE

By means of our modern wastewater treatment plant, the water used for production is returned to nature just as clean as it was taken.
The water demand of the paper industry is extremely high. When it comes to environmental aspects, it is a huge challenge to establish a sustainable water management system. The water utilization model introduced by Hamburger Hungaria is in compliance with the highest technological expectations.
Due to our model, the natural water demand of the paper mill has not increased since 2015. Projected to one ton of paper produced, our water use has not exceeded the value of 7 m3/t in the course of recent years, while the reference value for the best available technologies in the industry is as high as 10 m3/t.

 

WE ARE ALSO AT THE TOP IN WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT
Due to the significant water demand of paper production, it is of the utmost importance to reduce the consumption of fresh water and the volume of released treated water by the recycling of waters with high fiber content. In order to achieve this, we continuously set out to modernize our wastewater management process.
Our paper mill has its own wastewater treatment plant where the released wastewater is treated in a two-phase biodegradation system. Regulatory reviews support the fact that the quality of the released water is more favorable than the prescribed limit value, moreover, it is in compliance with the requirements posed by “Best Available Techniques” in all respects.

WE PLAN TO FURTHER DEVELOP GREEN TECHNOLOGY
Due to investments of recent years, wastewater management does not only constitute a cost for our company, but it is also a new way to create value, because  we are able to produce certifiably green electricity by our biogas fuelled small power station, utilizing the biogas originating from wastewater treatment.