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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.
    Yours

    Ludger Rethmann 

Focus is on economic and ecological sustainability

  • REMONDIS’ success story in Poland began in Poznan and Szczecin more than 20 years ago. Two decades on, these public private partnerships continue to act as a role model for any project being planned in the country. Over the years, both companies have focused on further developing their business. REMONDIS Szczecin’s new premises, for example, clearly demonstrates the sustainability of its business – both from an economic and ecological point of view. And thanks to the progress they have made, they are also ensuring that they always stay a step ahead of their competitors.

The company's pole position should be further consolidated

    The new business premises in Szczecin

    Two years ago, REMONDIS Poland opened its new head office in Warsaw, a building constructed in accordance with the eco-friendly passive house standards. Not only did this event coincide with the company’s twenty years’ anniversary, it also set the course for the future with the company firmly believing that if it is to maintain its pole position in Poland’s recycling sector, it is essential that it continues to further develop its business. Those working in the company’s branches around the country have also been focusing on introducing innovations and change. At the end of last year, REMONDIS opened up a new state-of-the-art business premises in Szczecin, a city with more than 400,000 inhabitants. Covering an area of 5.3 hectares, this new site is home to a new head office, a centre for processing recyclable materials, a facility for processing household waste, a plant for producing substitute fuels as well as a temporary storage facility for hazardous waste. 

With its network of 25 company-owned sorting plants, REMONDIS ensures that a wide range of different materials in Poland are separated correctly and sent for recycling. Every year, REMONDIS Poland handles around 1.5 million tonnes of recyclable and residual materials.

Investments and innovations

Modern water and recycling economies are essential if quality of life is to be maintained and improved – and this is not only true for this booming port city. REMONDIS is now the market leader across the whole of Poland. The approx. 2,460 employees working in the companies and branches in 42 Polish towns demonstrate the efficiency of the company each and every day – and are also pioneers when it comes to ecological progress. From cleaning roads, to collecting recyclables, to material flow management and much, much more: REMONDIS is a partner much sought after by district, city and regional authorities thanks to its comprehensive range of services, its ability to invest and its expertise in managing projects. By planning, financing, building and operating new sorting and processing facilities, the company has become the driving force in many regions helping to create innovative waste management infrastructures.

  • A steadfast partner for local authorities and businesses

    • Together, REMONDIS Poland’s numerous companies and branches provide a comprehensive network of state-of-theart recycling services – whether they be system solutions or bespoke offers. Indeed, REMONDIS’ services are in high demand by industrial, trade and commercial businesses alike. The EKO-PUNKT take-back system, for example, was launched in Poland back in 2001 and, since then, has been ensuring that the packaging material placed on the market by the various companies is collected and sent for recycling.

      The head office building and industrial unit side by side

    REMONDIS has also become an important partner for the producers of electrical and electronic appliances in the country helping them to fulfil their legal recycling responsibilities: its dismantling centre in Lodz is the most modern of its kind in Poland mastering the stringent requirements for recycling waste electrical equipment and having a positive effect on both the environment and the budget – from processing recyclable materials all the way through to disposing of hazardous waste. As the company’s success has increased, so, too, has the number of offers made to public and private sector customers with the result that REMONDIS Poland is now a sought-after partner for the local authorities and firms in Szczecin as well.

Local authorities also like to work with REMONDIS when it comes to water management services as the company can meet their stringent ecological and economic standards in this area, too.

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