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  • Dear Readers!

    The refugee crisis, caused by the war in Syria, has awakened Europe from a deep slumber. Individual member states are outdoing each other – introducing one uncoordinated measure after another as they attempt to stem the seemingly never-ending flow of people desperately seeking help. Whilst Chancellor Merkel is hoping to bring about a European solution, others are closing their borders and seriously thinking about exiting the European Union. No matter where you look, people are saying the party is over. It is time now for facts rather than emotions to be brought to the table. Germany has around 81 million inhabitants and its economy has never been so good. Approximately one million refugees had entered the country when the state elections were held in Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Rhineland-Pfalz on 13 March. To use the same metaphor: if 81 people are invited to a party and they are joined by one international guest, then the party is by no means over. On the contrary, there is a great opportunity here for the new guest’s culture, experience and vitality to enhance the event and make it even more interesting. 

    As Germany’s population continues to fall, demographers are assuming that the country will need around 500,000 new immigrants every year simply to keep its social security system functioning. In the future, therefore, we may find ourselves being grateful each time a migrant decides to stay and do an apprenticeship in our country. What is needed is genuine integration. The Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rainer Schmeltzer, recently published a brochure in four languages so that refugees could find out how the public transport system works in the district of Unna. Whilst talking to one of REMONDIS’ board members, he called on the recycling sector to do something similar. The majority of the migrants have little or no experience of using different coloured bins to separate waste. REMONDIS has stepped up to the mark and published a flyer in German, English, French, Farsi and Arabic. We would also be very pleased to receive applications from registered refugees wishing to do an apprenticeship at our company, for example to become a professional truck driver. 

    If the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were to be a country in its own right, then it would be among the top 10 European nations when it comes to population figures and economic power. The latest waste management report shows that our industry has become one of the biggest drivers of growth. Whilst traditional industries, such as coal, steel and energy, continue to decline, an ever increasing number of people are working in recycling, industrial and municipal services and water management. REMONDIS is both a driving force and the backbone of this really pleasing development. And what makes REMONDIS what it is, is its 32,000 employees who work for their local inhabitants and their municipal and industrial customers in 33 countries every single day. Looking at all this, it is a shame that politicians would appear to be paying so little attention to the IFAT exhibition which is being held in Munich from 30 May to 03 June. REMONDIS is going to be there even if the Federal Minister of the Environment is not. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann

New location in the east of Thuringia

  • REMONDIS Industrie Service is one of the leading specialists in Europe for handling and treating dangerous substances. The company has around 40 business units in Germany. A new location has now joined its network which specialises in treating hazardous waste and storing it until it can be sent on for recycling or disposal.

Treating a whole range of materials

This new business is situated in the town of Schleiz in the east of the state of Thuringia and operates a chemical/physical treatment facility for liquid hazardous waste. Such materials include, for example, the contents from oil and petrol separators and grit chambers as well as acids and alkaline solutions. It also has a conditioning plant for processing liquid, solid and semi-solid fractions. This turns the high calorific waste into refuse-derived fuel – a highly sought after product.

Own laboratory

The state-of-the-art storage facilities in Schleiz enable the company to safely store the various hazardous materials until they can be sent on for recycling or disposal. All analytical work is carried out by the site’s own laboratory.

This business had previously belonged to Thüringer Sonderabfall Wertstoff Recycling GmbH (TSWR). Besides acquiring the premises with its machinery and equipment, REMONDIS has also taken on all of its employees and customer contracts.

REMONDIS Industrie Service – a company with a strong logistics infrastructure and state-of-the-art plants and facilities.

Future plans: to grow operations

  • One of the advantages of this business is the fact that it is located in an industrial estate right next to the motorway. This will give REMONDIS Industrie Service an excellent base from which it can expand its range of services. The company is looking to intensify its operations both in the south east of Thuringia as well as in the neighbouring regions.

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