Nitrogen and organic matter removal from reclaimer waste of a monoethanolamine (MEA) based CO2-capture plant was demonstrated in a pre-denitrification biofilm system. The reclaimer waste was generated from a 30 % (w/w) MEA solvent used for capturing CO2 from flue gas from a coal-fired power plant. MEA, N-(2-hydroxylethyl)glycine (HEGly) and 2-hydroxyethylformamide (HEF) were the major contaminants treated. Hydrolysis of MEA to ammonia and further oxidation of organic intermediates readily occurred in the pre-denitrification system with a hydraulic retention time of 7 h. The biofilm system achieved 98 ± 1 % removal of MEA and 72 ± 16 % removal of total nitrogen. This is the first demonstration of efficient biodegradation of real amine waste from a post-combustion CO2 capture facility by pre-denitrification without external electron donor.