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  • Dear Readers!

    The summer break has come to an end and people are gradually returning to work – as are the MPs in Berlin. Once again, environmental politicians are focusing on the subjects of waste management and recycling. The coalition agreement, signed by the Government in 2013, gives great importance to curbing global warming and using our planet’s natural resources efficiently and also expressly states that innovations that protect the environment, prevent climate change and preserve resources are also opportunities for economic growth. Industry specialists are well aware, however, that economic growth and more innovations are only possible if there are clear framework conditions in place that guarantee fair competition, if product responsibility is extended and if recycling targets are raised. The latter, in particular, can only be implemented if the necessary legal framework has been established so that joint kerbside collection schemes for packaging and other recyclables can be set up.

    Unfortunately, the latest draft bill for the new packaging law has failed to deliver what many had been hoping for. What we seem to have here is the eighth amendment to the Packaging Ordinance rather than a genuine recyclables law. Whilst there are a few positive approaches to remedying the current deficiencies, it does not deal with the question of whether waste made of similar materials to packaging should also be collected in recycling bins. The increased recycling targets are well below the volumes that could actually be recovered from household waste. According to the latest studies, an additional 7.8 million tonnes of raw materials could still be collected which in turn would reduce carbon emissions by a further 1.6 million tonnes. Moreover, the need for fair competition and a level playing field between the private and public sector companies has not been tackled in the draft bill either. And there is practically no mention of introducing effective ecodesign guidelines that would force manufacturers to think about how their products could be recycled when actually designing them. We must wait and see whether this draft bill actually becomes law. The private recycling sector believes that a number of improvements need to be made to the bill. Time is running out, however, with the general election coming up next year.

    REMONDIS demonstrates just what can be done with waste and how the very most can be made of these materials to curb climate change and protect the environment – such as at its Lippe Plant in Lünen. The efforts being made by the company here were officially recognised recently when KlimaExpo.NRW (a cross-departmental initiative of the state government of NRW to prevent climate change, conserve resources and achieve sustainable economic growth) added three of the Lippe Plant’s areas of expertise to its list of the twelve best projects in North Rhine-Westphalia. At this site, industrial and household waste is recycled and turned into primary products for industrial businesses, waste and residual materials are transformed into fuels and, last but by no means least, biomass is recycled or used to generate energy. These three areas of expertise alone reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 416,000 tonnes every year – and are, therefore, getting as close as technically possible to achieving fully closed cycles. The Lippe Plant flagship project is becoming ever more effective. It is high time that this model becomes the norm so that future generations also have a planet worth living on.

    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf

Working on board two TUI cruisers

REMONDIS Industrie Service’s branch in Klausdorf has increased the range of services it offers at Kiel Harbour thanks to the TUI cruise ships “Mein Schiff 4” and “Mein Schiff 5”. At the end of May, its Klausdorf branch was awarded a new contract to manage the removal and treatment of the scrubber wastewater, sludge and bilge water from the 300m long cruise ships. This is a great success for the company’s team who have been looking into ways of treating scrubber wastewater for a while now. Right from the start, both crews knew that they were dealing with professionals who were specialists in their field.

  • Up to 60m³ of scrubber wastewater per ship

    Scrubber wastewater is the wastewater produced by a ship’s flue gas desulphurisation system which is installed to clean its exhaust gas. Desulphurisation plants – so-called scrubbers – aim to reduce sulphur emissions by 99% and emissions of soot particles by 60%. The water, which is used to filter out the pollutants, is treated again and the extracted residue is disposed of on land. 60 cubic metres of scrubber wastewater or more can be removed from the ships each time.

    Located close to Kiel Harbour and with a fleet of modern vacuum trucks, REMONDIS Industrie Service is able to provide a fast and flexible service when it comes to removing and treating scrubber wastewater

Extracting heavy fuel oil & bilge water

The so-called sludge – thick, polluted heavy fuel oil – is extracted from the ship by vacuum trucks and then transported to treatment facilities. Between 1,000 and 10,000 litres of sludge can be generated every day, depending on the size of the ship. Bilge water is simply water that accumulates in the ship’s bilge, at the very bottom of the hull. This may contain salt­water, cooling water and fuel as well as lubricating oil, soot and dirt.

Well prepared for the future

The BSH (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) is currently working on plans to make it obligatory for all ships travelling on the Baltic Sea to have exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. As REMONDIS Industrie Service’s Klausdorf branch is located just ten minutes from Kiel Harbour and has a fleet of modern vehicles, it is able to respond rapidly whenever scrubber wastewater and sludge need to be removed from ships. “As we now have nine vacuum trucks, we can provide our Kiel Harbour customers with a really flexible service – performing waste management tasks as and when they need them,” commented branch manager, Maximilian Lammerding. REMONDIS Industrie Service is the only waste management specialist near Kiel Harbour able to treat such waste.

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