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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

Conclusion of a new contract

  • Beginning on 1 January 2017, the operation of Rheingauwasser GmbH, Abwasserverband Oberer Rheingau and Wasserverband Oberer Rheingau will be secured by the old service provider REMONDIS EURAWASSER. The new agreement on this was signed in Eltville as far back as the middle of last December. Representatives of the Supervisory Board and the Association Board and the management of REMONDIS signed the new operations-management agreement for the coming years.

Several local authorities belong to the association

The municipalities of Oestrich-Winkel and Eltville as well as the Communities of Schlagenbad and Walluf are to be supplied with drinking water by Rheingauwasser GmbH. The Community of Kiedrich is also affiliated with the Abwasserverband (Sewage Association), while in Oestrich-Winkel only sewage from the city district of Hallgarten is disposed of. The partner in Rheingauwasser GmbH is Wasserverband Oberer Rheingau, which represents the municipalities of Eltville, Walluf and Schlangenbad as well as the City of Oestrich-Winkel. The Sewage Association was founded by all the municipal authorities.

Collaboration work a perfect fit

  • The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Michael Heil, Mayor of Oestrich-Winkel, stated with regard to today’s signing of the agreement: “We have been working for many years with our Managing Director with outstanding results.” Manfred Kohl, Mayor of Walluf, added: “The tried-and-proven model contributes the experience and know-how of a competent enterprise in our region. We are very satisfied that it has been commissioned.”

    REMONDIS EURWASSER GmbH has been in charge of operations for the municipal corporations since as far back as 2009. The company has once again been successful in winning a pan-European tender.

    (standing, from left to right) Managing Director of REMONDIS EURAWASSER GmbH, Torsten Ohlert, Management of REMONDIS Aqua, Dieter Helkenberg, Managing Director of REMONDIS EURAWASSER GmbH, Mario Schellhardt. (sitting, from left to right)
    Deputy Director of the Association AVOR Winfried Steinmacher (Mayor of Kiedrich), Association Director of AVOR and Deputy Association Director of WVOR, Manfred Kohl (Mayor of Walluf), Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Michael Heil (Mayor of Oestrich-Winkel), Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Patrick Kunkel (Mayor of Eltville)

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