The second part of our business year 2018 is characterized by our activities to treat mercury. Specifically, we
- started a service order for the conversion of several hundred tons of mercury to comparatively harmless mercury sulphide in England,
- continued to train operating staff and to optimise the newly established treatment centre for mercury wastes in Karratha/ Western Australia,
- planned an installation for the treatment of mercury contaminated soils in India,
- conduct a feasibility study for high-temperature treatment of mercury-catalysts in Europe,
- took part at the ‚UNIDO-International Meeting on Mercury Waste Management‘ in Vienna in September,
- will present our mercury waste management technology at the ‚Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury‘ (COP2) in November.
With the participation in both conferences econ positions itself clearly for a decentral treatment of mercurial wastes on-site. At the same time, econ fights against the export of elemental mercurial wastes beyond national border lines. There is no sense to authorize such transports, e.g. from Asia or Australia to Europe, as they are neither economically nor ecologically beneficial. Apart from econ there is no other company worldwide offering such a range of technologies in this field:
- Stabilization/ conversion to HgS
- Reduction of existing contaminations by 99%
- Recycling and processing of mercury for industrial recovery
- Mobile and stationary solutions
- Contaminated site management for sludges, soils and building rubble
Many `Waste Managment Companies´ for mercurial wastes are predominantly service providers. They treat hazardous wastes with partly decades-old technologies. Pressure to innovation is unknown.
On the contrary, econ develops its technology permanently with each new project. Our plants always use state-of-the-art technology. In addition to that, the decentral deployment enables a know-how transfer which supports the independency of many countries and generates jobs.
Our presentation ‚Decentral treatment of mercury wastes – It’s not rocket science!‘ from the conferences can be downloaded here.