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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 

Facilitating day-to-day work

Quite a few things are generated at petrol stations which are not allowed to be re-used or re-sold. Many of these materials can be recycled. Organising the recycling of such products, however, is time-consuming – time which many petrol stations simply do not have. REMONDIS offers services that have been especially adapted to meet the needs of these businesses and that not only help to protect the environment but also save their customers time and money. All of the services that REMONDIS provides for Esso are coordinated by a central contact person.

  • Bespoke solutions

    • Esso operates over 200 company-owned petrol stations in the south and west of Germany via its subsidiary, Retail Operating Company Deutschland GmbH (ROC). REMONDIS has been providing ROC with recycling services for over four years now. At the beginning of this successful collaboration, the company carefully analysed the logistics concepts and material flows that were in place at that time. Using this information as its basis, it then drew up a waste management solution that created greater advantages. Christian Zander, performance support manager at ROC, named one of the main plus points: ”Thanks to the introduction of REMONDIS’ waste management concept, which involves, among other things, an ongoing optimisation of our processes, our work has been made so much easier.”

    • All of the services that REMONDIS provides for Esso are coordinated by a central contact person

Large-scale recycling

    • On behalf of its customer, ROC, REMONDIS provides more than 200 Esso petrol stations with a comprehensive range of services. Focus here is put on segregating, collecting, transporting and recycling the many different types of materials they generate. Considerable volumes are handled over a period of twelve months. On average, REMONDIS sends 1,529 tonnes of waste for materials or thermal recycling each year.

      One of REMONDIS' tasks is to collect waste materials

    In addition, 1,156 tonnes of paper, card and cardboard are collected and recycled. On top of this are a further 690 tonnes of organic materials, such as food waste or expired food from the petrol stations’ convenience stores. Other services include collecting oily liquids from the businesses. Thanks to its extensive network of branches, REMONDIS is close to its customers and able to provide all the services itself.

    The services for the network of petrol stations have been adapted to meet their individual needs.

    ”By drawing up an integral concept for all of ROC’s forecourts, we have created both internal and external synergies,” explained Christoph Haub, key account manager at REMONDIS. ”We are, for example, continuously optimising the way the various materials are separated at each forecourt. This creates more eco-friendly and sustainable processes because the better the sorting process is, the better it is for the environment.”

So much more than simply fuel

Drivers are able to purchase a whole range of everyday products at the Esso petrol stations run by Retail Operating Company Deutschland GmbH (ROC). The forecourts’ modern ”Snack & Shop” and ”On the Run” convenience stores sell a wide selection of food and specialty coffees – ranging from fresh snacks and drinks to tobacco products, newspapers and magazines. Corporate clients have additional advantages if they use an Esso card for their fleet of vehicles. This is accepted by more than 13,000 petrol stations in 21 European countries.

Sustainability certificate documents environmental contribution

  • Operating a system that focuses on recycling helps to reduce consumption of primary raw materials and energy and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The actual concrete contribution that Esso makes towards the environment by helping to conserve natural resources and prevent climate change has been documented by REMONDIS in a sustainability certificate. This process involves a detailed analysis of all the individual stages of the various services provided. It uses a method that enables the ecological advantages to be scientifically proven and evaluated.

    Dominique Poetsch, Territory Manager, and Christoph Haub, Key Account Manager at REMONDIS, are delighted with the long-term cooperation agreement which also promotes sustainability

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