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  • Dear Readers!

    Family-run companies generate almost 50% of the German economy’s total turnover and provide over 50% of all jobs in our country. Our ‘Mittelstand’ (i.e. our SMEs) – which, we are constantly being told, is held in envy around the world – is the anchor that gives Europe’s largest national economy the stability it needs, driving growth across the whole of the continent. 83% of all apprenticeship jobs in Germany are created by SMEs. 1,307 of the globally identified 2,700 ‘Hidden Champions’ are German Mittelstand firms. So what have these facts got to do with public private partnerships?

    They are an opportunity for local authorities and their companies to become a part of this exceptional success story. Family-owned businesses focus on values, traditions and reliability across generations. More often than not, they are deeply rooted in their regions and actively involved in their communities. And it is this that enables them to enjoy long-term success. We believe it to be a good decision when a municipal partner chooses to have its essential public services provided by a joint venture with a private-sector partner. Learning from mistakes made and drawing the right conclusions for the future are two further strengths of family-run companies that have been able to enjoy decades of success on their markets thanks to their high levels of expertise and their special ethos.

    The need for greater efficiency by, on the one hand, dividing up tasks and specialising in specific areas and, on the other, keeping costs under control means that once again public private partnerships are being viewed as a future-proof business model.

    For decades now, REMONDIS has been showing every day that better results can be achieved by working together. With 64 PPP companies and a whole range of third-party service provision agreements, we have perfected the public private partnership concept for all essential public services – from waste management, to water management, all the way through to public transport – to the benefit of both parties. Working together with its municipal partners, REMONDIS delivers services to over twelve million people living in Germany. Local authorities and their residents always receive the highest quality of service possible and have the peace of mind that their fees and charges will remain stable over a long period of time.

    As a rule, public private partnerships are a real blessing for a council’s budget as they are a reliable source of tax revenue. The most can be made of the opportunities to optimise operations. Successful collaboration work with the private sector preserves public property and creates jobs. Fees and charges are stabilised and the pressure on the public purse is relieved.

    This latest special issue is dedicated to the subject of public private partnerships and takes an in-depth look at the various PPP models, the advantages for local authorities and their residents and the positive impact they have on jobs, the environment and the local economy. Councils wishing to achieve long-term budget stability, high quality public services and maximum levels of sustainability by operating an environmentally responsible circular economy will find some valuable suggestions and accounts in this issue to help them with their decision-making processes.

    We look forward to working with you!

    Yours Ludger Rethmann

A particularly strategic partnership

REMONDIS has had a 49% share in AWISTA GmbH since 2006. The remaining shares are owned by the Düsseldorf utilities company, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG. Thanks to this very strategic partnership, the PPP company has, over the years, been able to further strengthen its existing resources, enter into new fields of activities and make an even greater contribution towards protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.

Spick and span – 365 days a year

    • One of AWISTA’s biggest responsibilities is to ensure Düsseldorf always leaves a good impression by keeping it clean. An important task – as the town, which is also the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is not only home to almost 640,000 people but also welcomes five million visitors every year. The company delivers a variety of professional road-sweeping services (keeping the streets free of leaves in the autumn, cleared of ice and snow in the winter and, of course, generally clean all year round) so that the sparkle returns to the city no matter which special occasion it may just have hosted: a carnival parade, New Year’s Eve party or one of its many sporting or cultural events. Other important tasks include the kerbside collection of residual waste, organic waste and old paper, the collection and recycling of bulky waste and collecting and handling hazardous materials.

    AWISTA’s infrastructure includes composting and sorting plants as well as facilities for recycling construction and demolition waste in Düsseldorf and Mettmann.

    Furthermore, AWISTA runs all of the household recycling centres in the city, delivers the residual waste and road sweepings it has collected to the waste incineration plant (WIP) owned by Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and ensures the WIP is able to run to capacity by supplying it with non-recyclable waste for thermal treatment. Last but not least, the company’s portfolio also includes the AWISTA garage, which carries out around 12,000 assignments a year on the city’s municipal vehicles, primarily to service or repair them. Besides Düsseldorf, AWISTA and its subsidiary, AWISTA Logistik, also serve a number of other district and city authorities including the district of Mettmann and the towns of Remscheid and Solingen.

A network full of benefits

Thanks to AWISTA’s collaboration with a group of specialist companies, it is able to offer a robust and wide range of services that not only benefit the local authorities and their inhabitants but its private and business customers as well. This infrastructure includes a number of composting and sorting plants as well as facilities for recycling construction and demolition waste in Düsseldorf and Mettmann. This close cooperation work between the firms makes it possible for just one company to deliver a huge range of services. Half of AWISTA’s turnover currently comes from its commercial activities.

An inherently green business

AWISTA’s focus is not only on supplying top quality services but also on systematically fulfilling its environmental and social responsibilities across all areas of its business. Thanks to its smart collection logistics and regional recycling facilities, the company has been helping to protect the environment and curb climate change for many years now. By ensuring that the one million tonnes of residual materials it collects are processed sustainably, AWISTA succeeds in cutting carbon emissions by more than 214,000 tonnes every year.

Facts & Figures

  • Awista Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung GmbH

    • PPP model:
      cooperation model

      Shareholders:
      51% Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG
      49% REMONDIS

      Specialises in:
      municipal & commercial services and ‘Dual System’ services (sales packaging)

    • Services for:
      640,000 local residents

      Residual materials processed per year:
      1,000,000t

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