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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

Much in common

  • REMONDIS’ operations on the Dutch market continue to gather pace with the company taking over all shares in the Dutch family-run firm Bruins & Kwast (based in the Province of Gelderland), effective from 01 January 2017. The two companies have much in common: both are long-standing, family-run businesses that see themselves as being a regional provider of environmental and recycling services no matter where they may be located. Tradition, local colour and proximity to its customers are, therefore, values that are just as important to REMONDIS in the Netherlands as well.

Long-standing business relationship

With an annual turnover of around 10 million euros, Bruins & Kwast’s operations focus on recycling park and garden waste, old timber and sludge as well as operating a household recycling centre. REMONDIS is planning to make the most of this takeover to strengthen and further expand its recycling and waste management activities in the country. Bruins & Kwast and REMONDIS have had dealings for many years – both on a business and personal level.

Bruins & Kwast’s five guiding principles

  • Professional: “We are true specialists in our field!”


    Trustworthy: “We do what we say!”


    Eco-friendly: “We think green & we act green!”


    Socially aware: “We are well established & well aware of our social responsibilities!”


    Practical: “We solve problems!”

High expectations

  • Bruins & Kwast has five guiding principles that have formed the basis of its corporate philosophy for many years now. These further underline what a perfect match this company is for REMONDIS and how its services benefit its customers.

    Dr Andreas Krawczik, managing director of REMONDIS Nederland, reiterated these shared values and explained just how important this acquisition was for the company. “We’re really excited to have been given this opportunity to be able to continue offering Bruins & Kwast’s traditional business and customer-oriented solutions. REMONDIS is itself a successful family-run firm and so we really can identify with these traditions. We will also be looking to expand our company – by growing our customer base as well as by acquiring other businesses. By continuing along this path, we will be able to further improve our services which will benefit both our private and public sector customers.”

    • Norbert Rethmann, Honorary Chairman of REMONDIS’ supervisory board, visited the new company Bruins en Kwast in Goor. From left to right: Norbert Rethmann, Henk Kwast, Managing Director Bruins & Kwast, Dr Andreas Krawczik, Managing Director REMONDIS Nederland

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