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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

Two companies – one goal

Today, economic success is based increasingly on business responsibility as well. Headquartered in Bielefeld, the Schüco Group shows how this can work. The reputed manufacturer of windows, doors and facade systems would like to make a contribution to the preservation of natural resources in the future for the sake of upcoming generations. Important strategies in this are at the same time recycling and the protection of resources – two fields in which REMONDIS is providing support on a sustained basis.

A brand for people with high expectations

It is taken for granted that anyone who outfits their home with new building elements will attend to design, comfort, security and safety. In addition, criteria relating to sustainability are playing an increasing role. After all, one wants to have a feeling that one has made a responsible decision that does not undermine climate and environmental protection. For many customers, products from the Schüco brand are the first choice in this context. The sophisticated window, door and facade systems of the Bielefeld enterprise are used by millions of people throughout the work and meet the most stringent demands.

Innovation, partnership, excellence and responsibility are the key factors in Schüco‘s success in the market.

Schüco is among the technology and service leaders in the sector and is at the same time considered to be a pioneer in sustainability. Whether it be aluminium, plastic or steel: All products are designed to be long-life, recyclable, save on resources and protect the climate. Several Schüco product systems are already C2C-certified. They are thus in line with the cradle-to-cradle (C2C) principle, according to which products are developed in such a manner so that their materials can be returned to the closed-loop cycle completely and without losing any quality as materials.

  • Schüco‘s head offices in Bielefeld. The company employs 4,750 staff members and operates in more than 80 countries

  • Optimisations for more recycling

    With regard to environmental management, Schüco pursues lofty aims while striving for continuous improvement. REMONDIS has at the same time been an important partner since the beginning of the year. Regional Enterprise West renders services for the entire Schüco Group on behalf of Schüco International KG. Four product sites in Germany are involved along with all the materials that accumulate there – from scrap metal to hazardous waste, whereby in addition to the operative handling the focus is above all on joint optimisation.

     

Solid foundations to tackle any and all assignments

For Schüco, the arguments in favour of a partnership with REMONDIS were above all the high level of recycling competence as well as the fact that the company can also process hazardous materials. In addition, it all had to be executed from a central point, as Schüco is interested in creating new structures: environmental tasks that have been performed at different sites in the past are now to be carried out at the head offices of the company. In terms of operative implementation, on the other hand, the key factor was spatial proximity. REMONDIS was able to excel in this regard with its tightly meshed network of sites: right from the outset, three of the Schüco plants involved were at a location where REMONDIS also has a branch office. A fourth site is only located a few kilometres from a REMONDIS operation. On top of this, both Schüco and REMONDIS are members of the AUF initiative, an internal system in the construction industry for the return of aluminium scrap.

Input for the Sustainability Report

In the service package, REMONDIS is also assuming numerous tasks in the fields of documentation, reporting and monitoring. The collections of data that are being produced in this context can also make a contribution to Schüco‘s Sustainability Report. The report, which is issued on a regular basis, draws up a balance sheet on the company‘s commitment to sustainability and is compiled on the basis of the particularly exacting international guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

360 degree sustainability: Schüco covers the entire life-cycle of a construction project with its activities.

The new activities that have been commenced are intensifying a partnership that has already been in existence for some time. Thus REMONDIS already developed a concept with suggestions for optimisation for Schüco‘s internal waste-economy operations two years ago. Moreover, the two enterprises have been working together for around ten years in the field of aluminate. Here REMONDIS takes on sodium hydroxide with aluminium, utilising a complex recycling process to make premium-grade ALUMIN® out of it – a versatile brand product that is used in municipal and industrial sewage treatment.

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