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  • Dear Readers!

    Equal opportunities are a tricky subject. It goes without saying, of course, that we believe all children should have the same opportunities to give them a fair start in life – no matter where they may be born. Indeed, we would consider it to be highly unfair if it weren’t the case. When it comes to equal opportunities in the waste management industry, however, Germany has created a seriously unfair competitive situation that is not only inefficient but also a financial burden for taxpayers and the private sector. The issue here is value added tax (VAT). Municipal companies are exempt from charging VAT and so have a price advantage of up to 19% over their private sector competitors. Whilst privately run firms are subject to VAT laws, municipal businesses are not – even though they provide exactly the same service. The results: privately owned companies are being pushed out of the market by state-owned monopolies, private sector jobs are being put at risk, revenue from business tax and VAT is falling, which, in the end, impacts negatively on local authorities. A recent legal report published by Professor Roman Seer from the Institute for Tax Law and Tax Procedure Law at the Ruhr University in Bochum has revealed that this system is in breach of the law – with consumers paying a heavy price.

    Rhenus Recycling has now become REMONDIS Recycling – an excellent addition to REMONDIS’ portfolio. All glass, plastics and textile recycling activities are now in the hands of the recycling specialists REMONDIS. Thanks to this move, the company’s customers will benefit from an even bigger and more closely knit network of recycling locations. The deposit return system for managing the return of drinks bottles and cans is also part of this portfolio and will also be run under REMONDIS’ name in the future. One of the reasons why German consumers do not need to return bottles to the supermarket they actually bought them from is because REMONDIS Recycling operates seven counting centres for disposable bottles across the whole of Germany and offers a reliable IT system with comprehensive billing services for food retailers and industrial businesses. Welcome to REMONDIS.

    It is extremely important in these turbulent times for companies to be aware of their social responsibilities. This is perhaps a little easier for REMONDIS being a provider of recycling services as it has an excellent sustainability record and can offer 33,000 people a permanent job – but there is always more that can be done. Whether it be investing in educational projects such as the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS, helping to make children more traffic aware to keep them safe on our roads or donating a vacuum truck to improve living conditions at a refugee camp in Iraq. REMONDIS and all its employees work hard each and every day to make our world that little bit better. Maybe this was the reason why 632 young people have chosen to start an apprenticeship at our company this year – ‘working for the future’. A very big welcome to all our new colleagues at REMONDIS.

    Yours

    Max Köttgen

A sensible and productive partnership

LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG not only specialises in providing water services, it also acts as a role model for the whole of our region. The City of Cottbus and many other surrounding districts are shareholders in LWG and they are all responsible for ensuring the business is run cost effectively. This has been a sensible and productive partnership for both sides for a long time now – united and on an equal footing.

  • Business run with a careful eye on costs

    The fact that LWG has always succeeded in finding innovative technical solutions to complex issues can, in particular, be put down to its private sector shareholder, EURAWASSER, which has been a part of the company for a good ten years now. It is very cost aware and this is reflected in the way it runs its business – something that benefits our communities as well. LWG is also acting as a role model when it comes to apprenticeships. The whole state benefits here as the company’s training workshop not only teaches its own apprentice plant mechanics but also those from many other service providers in Brandenburg. One of the big challenges of the future will be to attract young and capable people to the water sector. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in their endeavours here!

    • Holger Kelch Mayor of Cottbus and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LWG Wasser Verwaltungs GmbH

Source: 2016 annual report, LWG Lausitzer Wasser GmbH & Co. KG

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