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  • Dear Readers!

    Once again the world’s largest trade fair for the water, sewage, waste and raw materials sectors has opened its gates in Munich. As in previous years, hundreds of thousands of specialists from all around the globe are expected to attend the exhibition centre in the capital city of Bavaria this year. And once again, focus will be put on modern environmental technologies which aim to increase global recycling rates and make our planet more sustainable – and rightly so. We at REMONDIS love recycling and are doing everything that is economically viable and technologically possible to promote sustainability. However, no matter what recycling efforts are made, there is still that undeniable truth which people often prefer to ignore: at the end, there are always some materials left over. Each time residual and hazardous waste is thermally treated, it generates slag; each time a road is dug up or a building demolished, it produces mineral waste and construction waste. And after all possible substances have been sent for materials or thermal recycling, the question remains ‘what to do with the residue that cannot be recycled?’ The subject of sending waste to landfill appeared to have been taken care of in Germany when the ‘TaSi’ (Technical Directive on the Recycling, Treatment and Disposal of Municipal Waste) came into force in 2005. We are, therefore, now rubbing our eyes in disbelief as it becomes clear that a lack of landfill space – a problem believed to be something of the distant past – is, slowly but surely, threatening to catch up with us again. The City of Kaiserslautern has understood what is happening and has entered into a public private partnership with REMONDIS’ subsidiary, REMEX, to build a new landfill that will be able to accept 400,000 tonnes of mineral waste each year. This, too, is something that must be done for the future of the country.

    Some years ago, Prof. Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister of the Environment, introduced the so-called ‘dual system’ to take the pressure off household waste landfills and to push forward the country’s recycling activities. The recycling bin (known as the yellow bin in Germany because of its yellow lid) enabled recyclable and residual waste to be collected separately from households and proved to be a success for many years. Indeed, this concept was exported to many other countries. This system is now in danger of collapsing as a result of its own loopholes. Projected volumes of correctly licensed sales packaging will fall this year to just 812,000 tonnes, a 26 percent drop compared to last year, whilst the amount of waste sales packaging actually collected will remain the same at around 2.2 million tonnes. The honest system operators are having to bear this financial ‘gap’ and no-one is able to say how long it can survive. In this issue of REMONDIS aktuell, we look more closely at the question of whether the recycling bin has a future or whether it has finally reached the end of the line.

    No matter what the future brings, waste and raw materials will still have to be transported from A to B. Looking at the growing shortage of qualified truck drivers in Germany, however, this may soon be more easily said than done. Fewer and fewer young people are choosing to join this profession which is so important for road logistics. REMONDIS has taken action to counteract this trend and is offering more apprenticeship jobs in this area. The job of a truck driver is so much better than its image. The apprenticeship course offers much more than simply learning to drive a truck – it also teaches all about vehicle technology, infrastructure, logistics and mobility.

    As always, I hope you enjoy reading this edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Ludger Rethmann 

Lennestadt, Schmallenberg and Olpe are REMONDIS' new business locations

  • At the beginning of December 2013, REMONDIS acquired Sita Westfalen GmbH & Co. KG’s business activities in the towns of Lennestadt, Schmallenberg and Olpe. REMONDIS has, as a result, invested in a region which has been enjoying considerable growth for many years now: South Westphalia is not only considered to be one of the three strongest industrial regions in Germany, it is also a popular tourist area attracting millions of guests every year.

  • The expertise of a global company right next door to its customers – this particular strength of the REMONDIS Group is also in high demand in South Westphalia

Pooling together expertise right next door to the customers

Both these trump cards – business and tourism – require professional know-how and perfect infrastructures when it comes to waste management. This South Westphalian acquisition has, therefore, created an excellent basis for REMONDIS to be even closer to its customers. As a result, REMONDIS Industrie Service can now be found in Lennestadt with its own business location for hazardous waste. Alongside them, REMONDIS Olpe is now offering its commercial waste services across the region to its industrial, retail and commercial customers as well as to the public sector.

Thanks to these acquisitions, REMONDIS has welcomed around 140 new employees to its workforce.

Full service portfolio for potentially hazardous materials

Being a specialist for hazardous waste, REMONDIS Industrie Service is now operating the acquired facility in Lennestadt and its fleet of vehicles where it is able to handle a whole range of such materials. In addition, this REMONDIS subsidiary has access to a wide range of facilities including more than 80 recycling and disposal plants. This network of high- tech facilities uses the best possible methods to turn liquid and solid hazardous waste into a source of raw materials or energy. Any remaining residue is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

REMONDIS Industrie Service offers its South Westphalian industrial and commercial customers a full range of services – from recording the materials, to analysing the waste, to providing suitable containers, packaging and logistical collection systems, to transporting the substances in special vehicles, to recycling or disposing of the materials. Other services include drawing up and archiving all relevant documents and certificates. In addition, a decentralised sales organisation has been set up to further optimise customer service. This enables the team to provide on-site support whenever it is needed as well as to expand the business into neighbouring districts.

  • Services for local inhabitants, authorities and companies

    • In keeping with its core activities, REMONDIS Olpe is focusing on the area of municipal waste. REMONDIS Olpe is a growing business steadily expanding and strengthening its position on the market. Having taken over a number of container services in the south of its catchment area over the last few years, it is now looking to the region north east of its head office. One particularly important area of business is its services in and around Schmallenberg, one of the region’s main tourist centres.

    • The expertise of a global company right next door to its customers – this particular strength of the REMONDIS Group is also in high demand in South Westphalia

    In all, it covers 300 square kilometres and unites more than 80 city districts and villages. REMONDIS Olpe is now responsible for collecting municipal waste, old glass and light sales packaging here as well as keeping roads and gullies clean. Moreover, it also manages the municipal recycling centre on behalf of the city authorities. In addition, it has contracts with the local authorities in Herscheid, Neuenrade and Eslohe – three districts comprising around 30,000 inhabitants. Many parts of this South Westphalian region are sparsely populated. To tackle this problem and set up an efficient and cost-effective service, REMONDIS Olpe has created a clever logistics system. Two sites are located at its head office in Olpe where materials such as light sales packaging, plastic film and old paper can be transhipped and, in some cases, compacted. Another important component of its portfolio is its services for its industrial, retail and commercial customers. REMONDIS Olpe provides this group with a full package of services – all the way through to taking over all waste management tasks at production facilities. A number of companies have already taken advantage of this offer such as Trilux and Dometic, two of the more than 100 international market leaders located in South Westphalia.

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