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  • Dear Readers!

    In Germany super election year 2017 is well underway. The Saarland election has already taken place, with Schleswig-Holstein and the most populous of the German Länder, North Rhine-Westphalia, set to follow in May. General elections for the Bundestag will then be taking place in September. In these times of populism and fake news, this election will play a pivotal role. Germany has the strongest economy and largest population in Europe. The outcome of the election will have repercussions for all of Europe and influence economic and political relations with other countries around the world. In view of the dimensions involved, a key topic unfortunately often takes back seat: recycling and its importance to climate and environmental policy. We wanted to size things up accurately and enquired with all the major political party groups about their platforms concerning environmental policy in the upcoming legislative period and beyond. You will find a summary of the responses in this issue’s feature article and the complete responses online at remondis-aktuell.de. Whether elections turn out to be good for the climate and the environment in general and our growth sector in particular will ultimately be decided by hopefully well informed, active citizens.

    Some legislative bills have been initiated shortly before the elections – for example, the new Commercial Waste Regulation (Gewerbeabfallverordnung). It will involve important changes that have a major impact on our commercial customers when the new regulation goes into effect on 1 August 2017 at the latest. Under the new version, companies producing waste in connection with housing construction will be obligated to separately collect the waste items of paper, cardboard and pasteboard with the exception of hygienic paper, glass, plastics, metals, wood, textiles, organic waste and additional commercial and industrial waste already where it comes about, i.e. at companies themselves. The same goes for construction and demolition waste, which is already to be separated at the building site into the various waste categories such as glass, plastics, metals, wood, insulation material, bituminous mixtures, building material based on gypsum, concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics. This is no doubt good news for improved recovery of raw materials, but it also means greater expenses for customers, who ­REMONDIS will support professionally as accustomed with practicable services in line with laws and regulations. 

    And how do things stand at present when it comes to refugee policy? The number of new persons seeking asylum arriving in Germany has dropped significantly. The biggest challenge now is to successfully integrate these people in our society and the German world of work. ­REMONDIS is taking on this challenge, hiring young people as well as persons with work experience in various fields who have lost their home as a result of war, famine and displacement and now want to venture a new beginning in their adopted country of Germany. A real win-win situation, as a successful start to a vocational career is the best contribution that can be made to a society living together in prosperity and peace. Here as well, ­REMONDIS meets its responsibility to society as a whole, acting in the spirt of its own slogan: working for the future!

    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf

Important know-how for the trainees’ future careers

  • This year got off to an interesting start for 24 REMONDIS trainees and assistants when they were given the opportunity to take part in the company’s Trainee Days. All trainees receive an invitation at some stage during their traineeship to travel to Lünen for two weeks so that they can prepare for their future role within the group. The objective of the REMONDIS Trainee Days is to provide the participants with in-depth knowledge of this family-run business, to enable them to hone their negotiating skills and to give them a chance to network. Those taking part in this year’s Trainee Days were first welcomed by Frank Dohmen, HR manager of the REMONDIS Group, and then taken on a tour around the Lippe Plant.

  • A get-together for former and current trainees

    The alumni trainee get-together is always a popular part of this event. This is the moment when the participants are able to talk to former trainees to find out more about their careers within the REMONDIS Group and to ask any questions they may have about the different fields of business and promotion opportunities. And this year was no exception with there being a lively discussion from beginning to end. Other events organised during these two weeks included seminars on business etiquette and the fundamentals of waste law.

    Indeed, a whole variety of events had been planned throughout the two weeks. One of the highlights was most certainly the trip to the harbour town of Bremerhaven where the trainees not only got to see REMONDIS’ subsidiary, BEG, but also to visit the Klimahaus which took them on a “journey” through the world’s different climate zones. A networking evening then rounded off this highly successful day.

    • An opportunity to network and learn from experienced colleagues – this, too, is part of the Trainee Days

Being able to talk to so many different managers provides the trainees with a wealth of information that will help them in the future as they grow their careers

  • Programme included a wide range of events

    All the other places visited during the Trainee Days were, of course, well worth seeing and just as informative. The first trip took the participants to the City of Oberhausen with a tour of the waste incineration plant and the public private partnership, Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen. Other destinations included a visit to the “scrap island” run by ­REMONDIS’ subsidiary TSR in Duisburg, AHE’s biogas plant in Witten and the sales packaging sorting plant in Bochum. No matter where they went, the trainees were always welcomed by the local management teams who discussed the business processes and challenges of their particular field.

    During the visit to the “scrap island”, Dirk Saerbeck, regional manager of TSR Rhein-Ruhr, gave a talk on management skills and the importance of having a positive working environment. Being able to talk to so many different managers provides the trainees with a wealth of information that will help them in the future as they grow their careers.

    • The trainees taking a tour around a plant

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