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Since the beginning of the year, REMONDIS vehicles have been a regular sight at thousands of retailers selling mineral oil products in Germany including petrol stations and workshops, DIY stores, retail chains and oil retailers. These vehicles are on the road for the company, Gebinde-Verwertungsgesellschaft der Mineralölwirtschaft mbH (GVÖ), which selected REMONDIS Industrie Service to be its new partner.
Hamburg-based GVÖ has licence agreements with over 150 partners from the mineral oil sector and is responsible for collecting and recycling their used oil containers. It set up its system in response to the German Packaging Ordinance which came into force in 1998. This stipulates that manufac-turers and distributors are responsible for collecting and recycling any sales packaging they place onto the market. This obligation can, however, be transferred to a third party – such as GVÖ.
GVÖ’s services are financed by the licence payments received from its partners. As a result, people purchasing oils, fats, antifreeze, additives and similar oil-based products are able to return their sales packaging – no matter what the brand and free of charge – to any retail outlet that sells products from GVÖ’s partners. This system is also free of charge for the retailers; they must only cover the initial cost of providing suitable containers to store the returned packaging.
REMONDIS Industrie Service has been offering its customers safe solutions for their hazardous waste for many years now.
REMONDIS collects the empty plastic and metal containers from a total of 7,324 outlets in the state of North Rhine Westphalia and 960 outlets in Hamburg and ensures they are recycled using eco-friendly processes. If they wish, the retailers can also use other REMONDIS services. Christian Kürpick, project manager at REMONDIS Industrie Service, explained: “We are happy to help our customers wherever we can, for example inspecting and maintaining their oil and petrol separators, collecting their garage waste or collecting and recycling their old aerosol cans.”
According to the German Packaging Ordinance, the term “consumer” not only refers to private individuals but also to restaurant businesses, public administration buildings, schools, hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, charity organisations, freelan-cers and cultural and recreational facilities. They can all use GVÖ’s take-back system for used oil containers.