During a major eight-month project between August 2008 and Feburary 2009, Returo navigated a total of 68,084 tons of domestic waste from Naples to eight incineration plants in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The project began with the Italian government asking the Federal Republic of Germany for help and was a part of Germany's coordinated, nationwide emergency assistance to Italy.
Under Returo's leadership, eight municipal incineration plants assumed waste contingents from Naples. On the Italian side, the contracting party was the Italian government represented by the "Special Commisioner for the Waste Emergency in the Region of Campania" who had been instated by the Italian prime minister. The participating plants included those from Cologne, Kamp-Lintfort, Weisweiler, Herten, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Leverkusen and Bonn.
In this specific case, Returo was able to prove its expertise in terms of waste management beyond Germany's national borders. After this more than succesful start, numerous waste disposal projects with cutomers from abroad followed in the subsequent years.