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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

  • The world’s largest trade fair for this industry

    • For 50 years now, businesses have been meeting in Munich every two years to take part in the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. The international interest in the IFAT is overwhelming. The huge numbers of exhibitors and visitors make it very clear just how important this major international exhibition has become – an exhibition that has been focusing on intelligent recycling solutions, state-of-the-art recycling logistics and water conservation for many years now. Over 3,000 exhibitors from around 60 countries and more than 135,000 visitors from 168 nations will be travelling to the event, which will be covering a total area of 230,000m². REMONDIS AQUA’s TetraPhos® process will be one of the innovations being presented to the visitors this year.

      REMONDIS at the IFAT:
      30 May to 03 June
      Hall B1
      Stand 251/350

Focusing on the future

The fact that the IFAT is such an international event makes it possible for interdisciplinary synergies to be created so that joint steps can be taken to increase quality of life and protect the environment right around the world. The exhibition is, therefore, making an important contribution towards shaping the future of our planet. The fact that REMONDIS’ project, “REMONDIS TetraPhos® – Recovering phosphate from sewage sludge ash”, has been shortlisted for the GreenTec Awards 2016 in the Category Recycling & Resources fits in perfectly here.

REMONDIS nominated for the GreenTec Award

  • Looking at the various environmental problems caused by spreading conventional sewage sludge on our fields as a fertiliser, it is only a matter of time now before this practice is stopped. REMONDIS’ TetraPhos® process is an innovative way to solve two problems in one go: to protect our environment and rivers and lakes as well as to help counteract the imminent shortage of phosphate-based fertilisers. The winners of the GreenTec Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony which is being held in Munich on 29 May 2016, the evening before the IFAT opens. Simply being nominated shows that TetraPhos® is a genuine innovation that can help make our planet, our water and our soils that little bit cleaner and that little bit safer. People wishing to learn more about this process and about other services offered by the company can visit REMONDIS at the IFAT at its stand (251/350) in hall B1 from 30 May to 03 June.

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