The history of PreZero is young – even though we have decades of experience
As the sales organization of GreenCycle, PreZero.com was created in 2018 as an online platform on which customers can request a real-time quote for the disposal of recyclables and waste of various fractions. What we could not foresee back then: Just one year later, the PreZero brand would bundle all GreenCycle services in the field of waste and recycling management, from consulting to disposal and further recycling.
Today, GreenCycle can already look back on almost ten years of experience in recyclables management. The company was initially founded to arrange for managing recyclables from Lidl, Kaufland and Schwarz Production within the Schwarz Group based in Neckarsulm in Baden-Württemberg. Owing to increasing know-how and success of recyclables management within the Schwarz Group, we set out to make our range of services available to third parties.
Parallel to developing the PreZero brand, first talks on the acquisition of the Tönsmeier Group took place.
- From a family business
- To the Pioneer
- and an international player
The waste disposal and recycling company from Porta Westfalica, which is a family-owned business now run by its third generation, was founded in 1927 as a so-called “Bahnamtliche Spedition”, meaning a forwarding agent entitled by railway authorities and, in 1958, was commissioned for the first time to carry out dust-free waste collection.
At the beginning of the 1990s, the first locations were opened in the new federal states of Germany and Tönsmeier pioneered the newly created Dual System in Germany.
The company’s success was raised to international level when Tönsmeier opened the first branch in Poland in 1996. In the 2000s, the East Westphalian company entered the plastics and wood recycling business. This was followed by a participation in GRN Glasrecycling in 2005; before the two light packaging (LVP) sorting plants in Porta Westfalica and Oppin were put into operation in 2006 and 2007. Following extensive renovations, the annual sorting capacity of the two plants now amounts to around 240,000 metric tons. 2010 saw the opening of the combined heat and power plant “Energie Anlage Bernburg” (today known as PreZero Energy).
Following the successful acquisition, Tönsmeier became an official part of PreZero by name in spring 2019.
PreZero as a sustainability consultant
At the same time, with its strategic partnership with TSG Hoffenheim in Sinsheim, PreZero is setting a symbol for sustainability and resource efficiency that is visible from afar: the PreZero Arena.Learn more
More than a waste management company
PreZero is much more than just a waste management company, considering the entire recycling loop and investing in a clean future. This is why, 2019 was characterized by several technical additions, such as the integration of the biogas plant operator Noll Biogas or the company Lewedag. With its participation in Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt, PreZero took another important step towards closing the recycling loop in 2020.
PreZero operates internationally
GreenCycle’s international business in the field of waste and recycling management also operates under the PreZero brand to symbolize global unity. The acquired California-based RMG Recycling company was accordingly renamed to PreZero US in 2019.
PreZero also uses the latest technology in other European countries. At the beginning of 2020, PreZero opened a fully automatic sorting plant for light packaging in Zwolle, the Netherlands, with a capacity of up to 80,000 metric tons per year. PreZero also recently welcomed Komart into the business family, a local disposal company based in Poland.
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