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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

REMONDIS responsible for household waste

REMONDIS Sp. Z.o.o. has been in charge of household waste in the municipality of Marki, located in eastern Poland near the capital city of Warsaw, since the beginning of 2017. The approximately 30,000 inhabitants of the city are looking towards the next three years with optimism in this regard: waste fees are to remain stable. 

50 locations in Poland

REMONDIS Managing Director Gerard Sobota signed the new agreement together with Zbigniew Zalas, the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Marki, setting out the collection and recycling of household waste for the years 2017 to 2019 as far back as 2 September 2016.

Thanks to what has now become a major network of around 50 sites in Poland and long years of experience with the collection of household waste, REMONDIS Sp. Z.o.o. was able to offer the Municipality of Marki the most inexpensive services. Both those persons in charge in the Municipality as well as the city inhabitants are particularly pleased that waste management fees will not rise in the coming years, stressed Zbigniew Zalas upon the signing of the agreement.

  • “I am very satisfied with the start-up of the waste management services in Marki. We have invested both in new equipment as well as in the expansion of manpower at the company here in Poland.”

    Gerard Sobota, REMONDIS Operations Manager in Warsaw

Modern collection trucks on the road

  • Already months before this, REMONDIS was very well-prepared to begin rendering the services in January. Thus, modern collection vehicles have been driving through the streets of Marki for the first time since the beginning of the year. “I am very satisfied with the start-up of the waste management services in Marki. We have invested both in new equipment as well as in the expansion of manpower at the company here in Poland,” emphasises Gerard Sobota, REMONDIS operations manager in Warsaw. A total of 10 jobs have been created through winning the tender in Marki.

    Stable fees until 2019 – all those living in Marki are happy REMONDIS is their service provider

    REMONDIS Sp. Z.o.o. has not only assumed the task of waste management in all sectors in Marki since January – since then it has also been operating the collection point for separated household waste in central Marki.

    • Gerard Sobota (above left), REMONDIS Managing Director in Warsaw, and Zbigniew Zalas (above right), Deputy Mayor of the city of Marki, at the joint signing of the agreement

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