Recycling Plants

Reference object: Tönsmeier Wertstoffe GmbH & Co. KG 

Extinguishing, before a fire breaks out

In Oppin, lightweight packaging is sorted for further processing, with paper stored and waste is processed into alternative fuels. To protect the expensive equipment, turret extinguishing systems have been installed.

Find more information about the stationary extinguishing systems used at Tönsmeier Wertstoffe GmbH & Co. KG on this page.

Impresses with

  • Reliable fire protection around the clock
  • Perfectly matched technology
  • Construction/design in accordance with current VdS directives

Initial Situation

In Oppin, Tönsmeier operates an ultra-modern mechanical treatment plant, amongst others, for the recovery of waste. The delivered material – mostly plastic and paper – is highly flammable and represents a high fire hazard. A fire would destroy the expensive systems, lead to long production downtimes, and strain the environment. The tailor-made stationary fire extinguishing systems protect people, materials, plants and the environment by reacting immediately in an emergency. 

Extinguishing system

Customized solution


In order to effectively supplement the existing extinguishing and alarm structures of Tönsmeier, three powerful turret extinguishing systems were installed. All three systems are combined with an infrared temperature detection system. The system detects temperature changes and, in the event of increasing temperatures, immediately ensures cooling by means of foam. Compared to conventional fire protection systems which only activate once a certain minimum temperature has been reached on the stoarage hall, the turret extinguishing system can already intervene even before a fire breaks out. Thus, the risk of production downtimes is drastically reduced. Through the use of relatively small and targeted amounts of extinguishing agent, contaminated materials can easily and quickly be removed from the hall. Therefore, ongoing operations are not at risk.

Protection and safety around the clock


At Oppin there are three extinguishing areas. For one the general delivery hall, which is used for pre-storage. Secondly the delivery hall for light packaging material (LVP). And thirdly the extinguishing area of substitute fuel storage and paper hall.

The delivery areas and the storage hall are protected around the clock by the turret extinguishing systems. If the installed infrared system detects a hot spot, its data are sent to the turret. It aims automatically, applies the extinguishing agent in a targeted way, and cools down the hot spot with oscillating movements.

The plant control room was mounted in a container. A reservoir with up to 150,000 l capacity was built for the extinguishing water supply.


The Tönsmeier plants in Porta Westfalica and Paderborn also use Rosenbauer turret extinguishing systems for the protection of people, machines, and the environment.

Tönsmeier Wertstoffe GmbH & Co. KG

Environmental service provider for ecological and economical solutions.


Tönsmeier, a family-run environmental service provider and energy supplier with more than 30 treatment, sorting, and recycling plants in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Austria, makes a significant contribution to preserving natural resources. Across Europe, over 3,500 employees and around 1,100 vehicles support municipal clients, dual system carriers and commercial and industrial customers.