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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

Gym transformed into an educational theatre

  • Friedhelm Susok and Jürgen Schardt are heavily weighed down with large plastic bags as they enter the front of the gymnasium at Haldern Elementary School, which they have turned into a stage. “On the way to you, we collected everything that we found along the side of the road,”
    says Friedhelm. The two begin to unpack the contents of their bags. When they finish, the floor of the gymnasium is strewed with tins and aluminium trays, a piece of styrofoam and a lemon, dried leaves and a used toothbrush. What is a raw material and recyclable here? These are the questions examined once again at the learning theatre  THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS, whose performance is followed by 200 children from Haldern with bated breath.

What materials belong in which bin?

Social pedagogue and entertainer Susok and co-moderator Schardt, who as Professor Schardt contributes useful facts throughout the 75-minute show, once again have the mission of training all the children into real “RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS” with their performance. Thanks to the animated robot, Robbi, who has been projected onto the big screen, the children quickly grasp what waste is to be collected in the recycling bin, the organic waste bin and the paper bin so that it can then be recycled, and what residue material is supposed to be placed in the residual waste bin and end up in the incineration plant. At the end of the learning theatre, the freshly appointed RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS are in agreement: “If we sort our rubbish, nothing bad can happen to the earth!”

  • Age-appropriate teaching materials

    The elementary school in Rees’ district of Haldern as well as the two nursery schools there joined together for the staging of THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS in Rees because they were above all convinced of the educational value of the project. This is because the REMONDIS educational project was developed by experienced social pedagogues especially for nursery schools, child-care centres and schools. Following the entertaining show by the two entertainers, the child-raisers and teachers moreover receive appropriate learning material on the topic of environmental education adapted to the age of the youngsters. The close collaboration with the pedagogues makes it possible for them to integrate the topic in the curriculum long term and individually. It was against the background of the need for environmental and climate protection recognised in the areas of policy-making, business and society and to secure sources of raw materials over the long term that THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS was created by REMONDIS in order to sensitise children and teenagers to this topic at an early age.

  • An interactive performance: a few impressions of the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ trip to Rees

  • Interested child-care centres, elementary and secondary schools as well as additional educational facilities can contact the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS directly by email. Additional information can be found at wertstoffprofis.de [German only]

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